Seventy-six million tourists visited the U.S. during 2017 and spent a total of $210.7 billion. Those figures reflect a 3.8 percent decline in the number of tourists from the year before but a 1.9 percent increase in spending.
Worldwide, there were 1.32 billion international tourist arrivals in 2017, up 7 percent from 2016. Spending by tourists was up 5 percent to $1.34 trillion.
The U.S. totals accounted for approximately 6 percent of international tourist visits globally but 16 percent of tourist spending.
Two other countries had more tourists visit during the year — France (87 million) and Spain (82 million). However, no other country had even a third as much revenue generated from tourism.
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