The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that for the first eight months of 2010, 40.2 million international visitors travelled to the United States, a 12 percent increase over the same period in 2009. Spending reached $88.2 billion for the period.
In August 2010, 6.4 million international visitors travelled to the United States, an increase of 11 percent over August 2009. August 2010 registered the eleventh straight month of increases in U.S. arrivals.
International visitors spent $88.2 billion during the first eight months of 2010, 10 percent more than the same period in 2009. In August 2010, international visitors spent $11.5 billion, 15 percent more than in August 2009. August 2010 marks the eighth consecutive month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism-related exports.
In August 2010, 18 of the top 20 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
Venezuela and Bahamas registered the only declines, down one percent and five percent, respectively.