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Tourism in the United States

Tourism in the United States

the United States recorded a total of 166 m tourists in 2019, ranking 2nd in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of the United States, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.50 tourists per resident, the United States ranked 102nd in the world. In North America, it ranked 3rd.

The United States generated around 233.46 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.1 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 100 percent of all international tourism receipts in North America.

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Most popular destinations in the United States

No less than 7 cities in the United States are among the top 100 most popular destinations worldwide. In 2019 New York reached the 11th place with 14.01 m tourists. According to Euromonitor, all foreign tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.

CityTouristsRankChange
New York14,010,000#11+3.0%
Miami8,336,800#29+2.7%
Los Angeles7,725,900#33+3.0%
Las Vegas6,639,300#38+0.7%
Orlando5,725,700#46+3.1%
San Francisco2,987,500#77+3.0%
Honolulu2,853,100#84+4.2%


Tourism in the United StatesOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 1,231 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in the United States from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in the United States each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 3 countries in North America.

Tourists per year in the United States

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 93.74 bn USD, or about 1.2 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 79.73 m tourists at that time and roughly 1,176 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 233.46 bn USD, accounting for 1.1 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,406 USD for his holiday in the United States.

Tourism receipts in the United States per year

All data for the United States in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
2019166.01 m233.46 bn $1.1 %1,406 $
2018169.32 m237.73 bn $1.2 %1,404 $
2017174.29 m231.12 bn $1.2 %1,326 $
2016175.26 m228.55 bn $1.2 %1,304 $
2015176.86 m230.57 bn $1.3 %1,304 $
2014178.31 m222.75 bn $1.3 %1,249 $
2013179.31 m213.11 bn $1.3 %1,188 $
2012171.63 m195.11 bn $1.2 %1,137 $
2011147.27 m178.94 bn $1.2 %1,215 $
2010162.28 m168.00 bn $1.1 %1,035 $
2009160.51 m146.00 bn $1.0 %910 $
2008175.70 m164.72 bn $1.1 %937 $
2007175.30 m144.22 bn $1.00 %823 $
2006183.18 m126.78 bn $0.92 %692 $
200571.48 m122.08 bn $0.93 %1,708 $
200467.61 m115.69 bn $0.94 %1,711 $
200362.08 m101.54 bn $0.88 %1,635 $
200264.43 m104.43 bn $0.95 %1,621 $
200170.98 m109.10 bn $1.0 %1,537 $
200078.34 m120.91 bn $1.2 %1,543 $
199975.80 m111.48 bn $1.2 %1,471 $
199874.77 m105.10 bn $1.2 %1,406 $
199782.53 m107.05 bn $1.2 %1,297 $
199682.76 m102.20 bn $1.3 %1,235 $
199579.73 m93.74 bn $1.2 %1,176 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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