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October 9, 2015
International Visitor Spending in the United States: August 2015
International visitors injected nearly $590 million a day into U.S. economy in August
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated $18.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of August, a decrease of 2 percent when compared to August 2014. The decline is largely attributable to a 19 percent decline in passenger air transportation exports combined with an ever-so-slight downturn in travel spending (-0.6%) for the month.
Year-to-date international visitor spending totaled $145.4 billion (January through August 2015), a decrease of 1 percent when compared to the first eight months of 2014. Conversely, U.S. resident spending abroad is up more than 7 percent during the same period, having spent $102.7 billion on imported travel and tourism-related goods and services, resulting in a $42.7 billion trade surplus for travel and tourism year to date.
On June 18, 2015 the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released annual revisions of the U.S. international transactions data, of which travel and tourism-related spending are a part; as a result, we have revised annual international visitor spending data for 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 2014 international visitors spent $220.8 billion (revised) experiencing the United States, an increase of 3 percent when compared to the previous year. These travel and tourism exports accounted for 31 percent of all U.S. services exports and 9 percent of all U.S. exports, goods and services alike.
Unfortunately, the National Travel and Tourism Office is no longer able to report annual travel and tourism export figures (international visitor spending in the United States) by country until October of each year. The National Travel and Tourism Office relies on data provided by BEA (e.g., spending by visitors from China on U.S. flag carriers) to report these country-specific data. Previously, BEA released these preliminary data in March; now, however, BEA will not publish these data until late October. As a result, the National Travel and Tourism Office will necessarily alter its reporting schedule accordingly.
(1) In June 2014 the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) completed the most comprehensive restructuring of the U.S. international economic accounts since 1976 in an effort to bring U.S. international accounts into closer conformity with international guidelines. As a result, BEA now uses a broader definition of travel that includes education-related and health-related travel and expenditures on goods and services by border, seasonal, and other short-term workers. To learn more, please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/pdf/restructuring-travel.pdf
The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and tourism-related trade data dating back to 1992, please visit the NTTO site at: https://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/download_data_table/Monthly_Exports_Imports_Balance.xlsx.