ITA Data Release: December 2021 International Inbound Visitor Spending
The National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO)
of the International Trade Administration announces:
- $10.4 billion spent by international visitors in travel and tourism-related activities within the United States, an increase of 108% over December 2020.
- Nearly $8.3 billion spent by Americans traveling abroad in December 2021, yielding a trade surplus of $2.1 billion for the month—the second month in a row.
- Year to date, $80.1 billion spent by international visitors on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services for calendar year 2021—a 5% decrease when compared to total spending in 2020.
- Year-to-date $73.9 billion spent by Americans abroad—an increase of 51% over 2020, yielding a trade surplus of nearly $6.2 billion.
Composition of Monthly Spending (Exports)
Travel Receipts: $5.2 billion purchases by international visitors of travel and tourism-related goods and services in December
- 379% Increase over December 2020.
- For a pre-pandemic perspective, travel receipts totaled nearly $12.0 billion in December 2019.
- These goods and services include food, lodging, recreation, gifts, entertainment, local transportation in the United States, and other items incidental to foreign travel.
- Travel receipts accounted for precisely half (50%) of total U.S. travel and tourism exports during December.
Passenger Fare Receipts: $1.8 billion in fares received by U.S. carriers from international visitors in December 2021.
- Compared to $3.4 billion and $589 million in 2019 and 2020, respectively
- 203% Increase year over year.
- Passenger fare receipts accounted for 17% of total U.S. travel and tourism exports during December.
Medical/Education/Short-Term Worker: $3.4 billion in expenditures for educational and health-related tourism, along with all expenditures by border, seasonal, and other short-term workers.
- Compared to $4.8 billion and $3.3 billion in 2019 and 2020, respectively
- An increase of nearly 3% when compared to December 2020.
- Medical tourism, education, and short-term worker receipts accounted for 33 percent of total U.S. travel and tourism exports during December.
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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 1999, please visit the International Travel Receipts and Payments Program.
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