The Top 5 Countries whose Foreign Tourists Spend the Most Money Visiting the United States

  Country 2011 Tourist Spending Percent Change
(from 2010)
1 Canada $24.0 billion + 15%
2 Japan $14.8 billion + 2%
3 United Kingdom $12.0 billion + 6%
4 Mexico $9.2 billion + 6%
5 Brazil $8.5 billion + 36%
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  1. Canadian visitors spent more money visiting the United States than ever in 2011, spending a record-breaking $24.0 billion on travel and tourism-related goods and services in the United States. As a result, the US favorable balance of trade has never been better with Canada; the United States enjoys a $16.3 billion travel and tourism trade surplus with Canada. Travel and tourism exports account for 43% of all U.S. services exports to Canada. (a.)
  2. Japanese visitor spending in the United States increased 2% in 2011, following an increase of nearly 11% in 2010. Despite these years of growth, U.S. travel and tourism exports to Japan are still off more than 17% from their peak in 1995 when Japanese visitors spent a record-breaking $17.8 billion. Travel and tourism exports account for 33% of all U.S. services exports to Japan. (a.)
  3. U.K. visitor spending in the United States increased nearly 6% in 2011, following a small decline of 1% the previous year. Total U.S. travel and tourism-related exports to the United Kingdom have declined more than 28% since 2008, the year in which U.K. visitor spending peaked at $16.7 billion. Travel and tourism exports account for 23% of all U.S. services exports to the United Kingdom. (a.)
  4. Visitors from Mexico spent $9.2 billion in the United States in 2011, an increase of 6% when compared to 2010. Although 2011 marks the second consecutive year of growth in U.S. travel and tourism-related exports to Mexico, this market has not fully recovered from the substantial downturn in 2009 (-17%). Travel and tourism exports account for 37% of all U.S. services exports to Mexico. (a.)
  5. 2011 marks the 8th consecutive year of double-digit growth in U.S. travel and tourism exports to Brazil. Visitors from Brazil spent a record-breaking $8.5 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in 2011, an increase of 36% that follows an increase of 36% in 2010. Travel and tourism exports account for 39% of all U.S. services exports to Brazil. (a.)
Top 5 facts sources:
  1. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. (2012). Report: Top 10 International Markets: 2011 Visitation and Spending. Retrieved: July 13th, 2012.
Tags: Travel & Tourism Statistics, The United States, Canada, The United Kingdom

Sources:  Office of Travel and Tourism Industries report: Top 10 International Markets, 2011 Visitation and Spending.

List Notes: Data is foreign tourist visits by country to the United States ranked according to dollars spent (USD) for the year 2011.
Countries whose Foreign Tourists Spend the Most Money Visiting the United States

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