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March 08, 2010
International Visitor Spending in the United States: December and 2009 Yearend
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated $10.4 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of December—nearly $845 million less (7 percent) than was spent in December 2008. December 2009 marks the fourteenth consecutive month in which U.S. travel and tourism-related exports were lower when compared to the same period of the previous year.
International visitors spent, on average, nearly $1.7 billion less a month during 2009, resulting in a record-setting year-over-year decline of nearly $20.1 billion in exports (14 percent) when compared to 2008. For perspective, the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 facilitated a $13.3 billion decline in U.S. travel and tourism-related exports (13 percent) when compared to 2000. Simply put, the global economic downturn has created the most difficult environment for the tourism industry since 9/11.
Monthly Travel and Tourism Highlights
The U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) 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: