Moreover, from January to November 2017, international travelers spent $187.6 billion. This is a fall of 3.3 percent compared to the same period in 2016. Data show that there was an increase in expenditure until April, with the drop beginning from May.
Nationally speaking, there was a decline of 8.5% to 9.6 million of travel from Mexico. Every other overseas destination registered an overall drop of 6.4% to 19.9 million, while the inflow from Canada increased by 4.6%. This amounts to 11.6 million Canadians arriving in the States.
LA and New York City Unaffected
However, all is not as grim for U.S. tourism. Los Angeles registered 48.3 million visitors last year. This is an increase of 2.2% (1 million) compared to 2016. These numbers include 41.2 million domestic visitors, which is a record, and 7.1 million international visitors.
What LA may have lost from Mexico, they gained from China. The inflow from China increased by 6% compared to 2016. Meanwhile, as already mentioned, Canadian inflow saw an increase of 5.5%, resulting in more than 700 thousand visitors.
New York City, on the other hand, did not see an increase in international visitors – actually a decline of 100 thousand to 12.6 million. However, the city registered an overall growth of 2.1% thanks to domestic visitors. This amounts to a growth of 1.3 million to 61.8 million visitors compared 2016, with 49.2 million coming from other US destinations.