Click to join an upcoming live event

Turn off Ads (click)

Click on your language to translate this article:

Afrikaans Afrikaans Albanian Albanian Amharic Amharic Arabic Arabic Armenian Armenian Azerbaijani Azerbaijani Basque Basque Belarusian Belarusian Bengali Bengali Bosnian Bosnian Bulgarian Bulgarian Catalan Catalan Cebuano Cebuano Chichewa Chichewa Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Chinese (Traditional) Corsican Corsican Croatian Croatian Czech Czech Danish Danish Dutch Dutch English English Esperanto Esperanto Estonian Estonian Filipino Filipino Finnish Finnish French French Frisian Frisian Galician Galician Georgian Georgian German German Greek Greek Gujarati Gujarati Haitian Creole Haitian Creole Hausa Hausa Hawaiian Hawaiian Hebrew Hebrew Hindi Hindi Hmong Hmong Hungarian Hungarian Icelandic Icelandic Igbo Igbo Indonesian Indonesian Irish Irish Italian Italian Japanese Japanese Javanese Javanese Kannada Kannada Kazakh Kazakh Khmer Khmer Korean Korean Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kurdish (Kurmanji) Kyrgyz Kyrgyz Lao Lao Latin Latin Latvian Latvian Lithuanian Lithuanian Luxembourgish Luxembourgish Macedonian Macedonian Malagasy Malagasy Malay Malay Malayalam Malayalam Maltese Maltese Maori Maori Marathi Marathi Mongolian Mongolian Myanmar (Burmese) Myanmar (Burmese) Nepali Nepali Norwegian Norwegian Pashto Pashto Persian Persian Polish Polish Portuguese Portuguese Punjabi Punjabi Romanian Romanian Russian Russian Samoan Samoan Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic Serbian Serbian Sesotho Sesotho Shona Shona Sindhi Sindhi Sinhala Sinhala Slovak Slovak Slovenian Slovenian Somali Somali Spanish Spanish Sudanese Sudanese Swahili Swahili Swedish Swedish Tajik Tajik Tamil Tamil Telugu Telugu Thai Thai Turkish Turkish Ukrainian Ukrainian Urdu Urdu Uzbek Uzbek Vietnamese Vietnamese Welsh Welsh Xhosa Xhosa Yiddish Yiddish Yoruba Yoruba Zulu Zulu
Travel News

Visa data shows 20% increase in inbound tourism spending

Written by editor

SAN FRANCISCO – A new report Tourism Outlook: USA from Visa Inc. indicates the tourism industry has begun to rebound during the first six months of 2010.

SAN FRANCISCO – A new report Tourism Outlook: USA from Visa Inc. indicates the tourism industry has begun to rebound during the first six months of 2010.

From Jan. 1 — June 30, 2010, spending by international visitors to the U.S. on their Visa-branded payment cards was up 20 percent over 2009 levels. At the same time, Americans are spending at higher levels when traveling internationally: spending by U.S. travelers abroad on Visa cards was up 9.3 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

“The United States continues to be a major source market for international tourism and a popular destination for travelers around the globe. The growth in inbound spending in early 2010, particularly from source markets such as China and Brazil, reinforces how Asia-Pacific and South America are seemingly the first to emerge and rebound from the challenging environment that defined 2008 and 2009,” said Bill Sheedy, president, North America, Visa Inc.

In 2009, spending by international visitors declined 12 percent from $32.9 billion in 2008 to $28.9 billion based on a challenging socio-economic environment. Top source countries for inbound tourism to the U.S. during calendar year 2009 and the first two quarters of 2010 (Jan. 1 — June 30, 2010) are detailed below.

Top Contributors to U.S. Inbound Visitor Spending, Based on
Visa Payment Card Transactions
Country/Territory Total CY 2009 Spend (USD) Change Year-Over-Year: 2009 vs. 2008 Total H1 Spend (USD) (Jan. – June 2010) H1 Change Year-Over-Year (%)
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
Canada $7.8 B (12%) $4.6 B 22%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
United Kingdom $2.3 B (26%) $1.2 B 16%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
Japan $1.7 B (13%) $787 M 3%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
Mexico $1.7 B (19%) $819 M 24%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
Brazil $1.2 B 17% $835 M 73%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
France $975 M (12%) $456 M 6%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
Australia $861 M 0.4% $490 M 44%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
Germany $770 M (15%) $360 M 8%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
China $700 M 36% $482 M 74%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-
South Korea $652 M 49% $394 M 39%
—————– ————————- ———————————— ————————————— —————————-

Tourism Impact: The Gulf Region Oil Spill

Visa is actively working with tourism operators and organizations across the Gulf region to provide spending data and insights that will help them evaluate the short-and long-term impacts of the recent oil spill crisis.

While the oil spill did not result in an immediate impact in the weeks following the spill — May Visa transaction data reveals tourism spending was up over 2009 levels — tourism sharply declined in June 2010. June spending decreased 42 percent compared to May 2010, and also declined 9 percent year-over-year. All four states along the Gulf Coast saw declines in tourism spending from May to June: Alabama (8 percent), Florida (35 percent), Louisiana (65 percent) and Mississippi (65 percent).

Lodging and oil and gas are the two merchant segments hardest hit by the crisis. Visa transaction volume in the lodging segment decreased 50 percent, while the oil and gas segment was down 42 percent. According to a recent survey by the Knowland Group survey of hotel properties, 35 percent said that the oil spill has prompted guests to cancel their future reservations and 42 percent said the spill has hurt their ability to book future events.(1)

As the U.S. tourism industry works to continue the upward trajectory seen during the first six months of 2010 and navigate challenges such as the recent oil spill, Visa is committed to supporting the growth of its industry and government partners by providing a secure and reliable digital currency for cross-border transactions and access to millions of cardholders globally. For more information on VisaVue travel data and to view a complete copy of the Tourism Outlook: USA report, please visit