Impact of International Visitor Spending on State Economies (Economic Impact) Program
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


International visitor spending in the U.S., excluding the U.S. territories, totaled nearly $61 billion in 1995, an all-time high. International spending increased 6.2 percent from $57 billion spent in 1994.

Payroll earned by employees directly supported by international visitors totaled nearly $16.3 billion in 1995, up 4.4 percent over 1994.



International visitor spending generated 971.2 thousand jobs in the U.S. during 1995. Nearly 304 thousand (31.3%) of these jobs were in foodservice, and additional 285.7 thousand were in the lodging industry.



Employment generated by international spending increased 1.3 percent in 1995.



International visitors generated over $8.4 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue in 1995, an increase of 4.3 percent over 1994. Federal tax collections from international visitors totaled more than $4.7 billion in 1995 to lead all levels of government.



Japanese visitors spent nearly $11.8 billion in the U.S. during 1995, 21.2 percent of the total ($55.5 billion), to lead all countries of origin. The United Kingdom ranked second, with travel expenditures in the U.S. totaling nearly $6.7 billion.



Florida received nearly $12.0 billion in international expenditures during 1995 to lead all states. California ranked second with over $11.6 billion, followed by New York with nearly $7.9 billion. These three states combined for over half of all international visitor spending in the United States.



Ten states plus the District of Columbia received more than $1 billion in travel spending from international visitors in 1995.









EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


ECONOMIC IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL VISITORS IN THE U.S.

MAJOR TOURIST ORIGINS, 1995





International visitors supported 971 thousand jobs in the U.S. in 1995 by spending $63.4 billion. These jobs covered a wide-spectrum of industries (airlines, hotels, restaurants) and levels (entry level, management).



In 1995, international visitor expenditures from the top four tourist generating countries; Japan, U.K., Canada and Germany, totaled nearly 28 billion, 44 percent of the total.



The top four countries each supported over 70 thousand U.S. jobs in 1995.

Country Expenditures Job Supported*

($ Million)

(Thousand)

Total $63,395 971
Japan $11,760 171
U.K. $ 6,662 117
Canada $ 5,118 83
Germany $ 4,212 72
Mexico $ 2.857 43
Brazil $ 2,389 37
France $ 2,063 34
Australia $ 1,639 28
Venezuela $ 1,384 22
Switzerland $ 1,323 22



Source: Tourism Industries, ITA, DOC

Note: * Total may not match those in tables 13-15 due to rounding.