The United States is experiencing a notable upswing in international tourism.
This can be attributed to its plethora of distinctive and celebrated destinations, rich cultural and historical offerings, and prominent global position. Furthermore, the country’s successful implementation of safety protocols and vaccination initiatives has reinstated the trust of global travelers amidst the pandemic. This upsurge in tourism not only bolsters the US economy but also enhances its standing as a premier travel hotspot.
According to recently released data from the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), outbound travel departures from the United States by US citizens reached 6,393,603 in January 2023, marking a 60% surge compared to the same month last year.
The data further reveals the following international travel trends for January 2023:
- In January 2023, total non-US resident international visitor volume to the United States reached 4,795,951, which is 93.1% higher compared to January 2022, and it represents 82.2% of the pre-COVID total visitor volume reported for January 2019.
- January 2023 marks the twenty-second consecutive month that total non-US resident international arrivals to the United States have increased on a year-over-year (YOY) basis.
- Canadian visitation of 1,670,182 was 15% above January 2019 visitation of 1,448,889, and the largest number of international visitor arrivals was from Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Brazil.
- In terms of outbound travel, total US citizen international visitor departures from the United States in January 2023 increased 60% compared to January 2022, with the largest number of departures recorded for Mexico and the Caribbean.
- The Caribbean was the second-largest market for outbound US visitors in January, accounting for 12.5% of all departures, while outbound visitation to Europe totaled 797,541, up 117.7% compared to January 2022.