International Visitors Spent $16.5 Billion in December 2022
Data recently released by the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) show that in December2022:
- International visitors spent nearly $16.5 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States, an increase of nearly 49 percent compared to December 2021 and the single highest month for U.S. tourism-related exports since February 2020—the onset of the global pandemic.
- Americans spent more than $15.5 billion traveling abroad, yielding a balance of trade surplus of $932 million for the month.
- A summation of the twelve months in 2022 (preliminary data, subject to future revisions) suggests that international visitors spent nearly $162.6 billion on U.S. travel and tourism-related goods and services, nearly doubling (up 96%) the amount spent in 2021. International visitors injected, on average, more than $445 million a day into the U.S. economy in 2022.
Composition of Monthly Spending (Travel Exports)
- Travel Spending
- Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $9.1 billion in December 2022 (compared to $5.4 billion in December 2021), an increase of 68 percent when compared to the previous year.
- For a pre-pandemic perspective, travel receipts totaled $11.8 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 55 percent of total U.S. travel and tourism exports in December 2022.
- Passenger Fare Receipts
- Fares received by U.S. carriers from international visitors totaled $3.2 billion in December 2022 (compared to $2.0 billion in December 2021), an increase of 62 percent when compared to the previous year.
- For a pre-pandemic perspective, the United States exported nearly $3.4 billion in passenger air transportation services in December 2019. These receipts are expenditures by foreign residents on international flights of U.S. air carriers.
- Passenger fare receipts accounted for 20 percent of total U.S. travel and tourism exports in December 2022.
- Medical/Education/Short-Term Worker Spending
- Expenditures for educational and health-related tourism, along with all expenditures by border, seasonal, and other short-term workers in the United States totaled $4.2 billion in December 2022 (compared to $3.7 billion in December 2021), an increase of 14 percent when compared to the previous year.
- For a pre-pandemic perspective, this spending totaled more than $4.8 billion in December 2019.
- Medical tourism, education, and short-term worker expenditures accounted for 25 percent of total U.S. travel and tourism exports in December 2022.
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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. Keep up-to-date on the travel and tourism industry by visiting and subscribing to TI News.