International travel to the U.S. continues to make a post-pandemic recovery, according to new data on international air travelers released Monday by the U.S.’s National Travel and Tourism Office. International air travelers spent $18.9 billion in the U.S. in the second quarter, up 33% from the same period in 2022.
The data provided telling statistics. Below are some key facts about overseas travel, i.e., not from Mexico or Canada, in the second quarter:
- On average, overseas travelers had an income of $95,311, stayed 19 days, and spent $1,933 on their trips.
- Over 7.7 million travelers came to the U.S. from overseas markets. Europe was the top contributor at over 3.3 million.
- About 61% of overseas travelers took their trips solo, while 20% took theirs with a spouse or partner, and 16% took theirs with family or relatives.
- Vacation was the top reason at 53%, which was the same level in the second quarter of 2022.
- More overseas travelers took trips to the U.S. for business in the second quarter at 18%, up from 14% last year.
|Top Destinations for Overseas Visitors|
What about travelers from Canada and Mexico, you ask?
Over 720,000 air travelers came from Mexico to the U.S. On average, Mexican travelers spent $1,271 per trip. Below were their favorite destinations in the second quarter:
|Top Destinations for Mexican Visitors|
Over 2.6 million air travelers came from Canada. On average, Canadian travelers spent $1,164 per trip. Below were their favorite destinations in the second quarter:
|Top Destinations for Canadian Visitors|
A growing share of Canadian, Mexican and overseas travelers cited business travel as a top reason for taking a trip to the U.S. in the second quarter.