U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports Continue to Increase Beyond Record-Breaking 2012
Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $10.9 billion during February. These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel. Fares received by U.S. carriers (and U.S. vessel operators) from international visitors also increased by nearly 5 percent to $3.4 billion for the month, an increase of $154 million when compared to February 2012. Overall, the United States enjoyed a favorable balance of trade for the month of February in the travel and tourism sector, with a surplus of $4.5 billion.
As a whole, travel and tourism-related industries supported 7.7 million jobs in 2012, an increase of 2.1 percent when compared to the previous year.
Increasing U.S. travel and tourism will not come at the expense of national security. The President?s plan for commonsense immigration reform includes a number of proposals to support his commitment to increasing U.S. travel and tourism while maintaining our nation?s security. Specifically, the President?s?immigration proposal?reforms the Visa Waiver Program to strengthen law enforcement cooperation while facilitating more efficient trade and tourism to the United States, securely streamlines visa and foreign visitor processing, facilitates public-private partnerships aimed at increasing investment in foreign visitor processing, and strengthens and improves infrastructure at ports of entry.
The 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.