The U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office released data on inbound travel to the United States in 2018, and the information shows that arrivals increased at a higher rate than in 2017 (3.5% vs. 0.7%). Spending also increased in 2018, but at a slightly slower rate than the year before (1.7% vs. 2.1%).
The top six countries that U.S. visitors came from remained the same in 2018 as in 2017: Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Japan, China and South Korea. Brazil moved into the No. 7 spot, switching places with Germany; France remained at No. 9 and India replaced Australia as the No. 10 country of origin in 2018.
Overall international spending in the U.S. (termed an export by the federal government) increased a bit: from $251.4 billion in 2017 to $255.5 billion in 2018. In both years, those numbers represented 10% of all U.S. exports.
China remained the leading country in terms of visitor spending for 2018, with Canada moving into second place by switching places with Mexico. Japan remained the No. 4 country; India and the U.K. changed spots in 2018, with the former assuming the No. 5 position. Countries seven through 10 remained the same: Brazil, South Korea, Australia and Germany.
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