ITA: International visitation to U.S. to increase 20% in 2023

International travelers visiting the U.S. are estimated to increase to 62.8 million this year, revealed the latest report from the International Trade Administration (ITA).  

According to ITA’s National Travel and Tourism Office, the figure is up 11 million or 21.2% from 51.8 million visitors in 2022. International visitation is projected to reach 82.4 million in 2025, exceeding pre-pandemic visitation of 79.4 million.  

According to the forecast, the number of international visitors to the United States will reach 91 million in 2027. If this figure is met, it will exceed the 90 million five-year visitation goal established by the 2022 National Travel and Tourism Strategy, which aims to rebuild and strengthen the industry. The strategy estimates that 90 million international visitors will spend $279 billion in the U.S.  

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for so many Americans across the country whose jobs depend on a strong travel and tourism sector and underscores that this administration’s plans for economic recovery are on the right track,” said Mark Keam, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for travel and tourism. 

The forecast includes annual accrual visitation between 2019 and 2022 and forecasted annual visitor volume for 2023-2027 and also covers the total number of countries overseas (excluding Canada and Mexico) and the top 18 source markets based on visitor volume in 2019. In addition, three measurement methods are featured on the forecast— volume (in thousands), annual percent change and share of 2019 volume for each covered source market.