1 in 5 Will Travel to the U.S. This Year

Chilli Peppers Credit: Unknown • Visits from Europe to the U.S. increased 40 percent over 2017. Nearly half of Americans travelling abroad said they were headed to the U.S. The…

1 in 5 Will Travel to the U.S. This Year
Chilli Peppers Credit: Unknown

• Visits from Europe to the U.S. increased 40 percent over 2017. Nearly half of Americans travelling abroad said they were headed to the U.S. The findings were part of a survey of more than 1,000 adults by St. Louis-based the Independent Traveler Travel Report.

• European travel, by far the largest source of visitor spending and economic impact on the U.S., is returning more than it was before the Brexit vote in June 2016 and ahead of the U.S. election. Just 60 percent of European travelers are planning a U.S. trip in 2018, down from 66 percent last year. But 59 percent said they’d be visiting the U.S. this year, up from 53 percent in 2017. Six in 10 U.S. travelers said they were planning to travel to Europe in 2018.

• Traffic to North America is rebounding after plunging during 2016. In 2018, almost a quarter of U.S. travelers will be going to Canada or Mexico.

• Controlling your waistline is important. U.S. travellers are planning to spend $37.8 billion on food this year, up from $34.9 billion in 2017. Half will be making meals out, while a quarter will be eating at home.

• An estimated 40 percent of American travelers will take the same trip as they did last year. Almost a third will fly more than they did last year, and the remainder are taking a shorter trip.

• Americans are also taking fewer international vacations. Though trips to Europe and Canada are up, trips to Mexico and Asia are down.

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