Rate is twelve percent increase over last year
Commerce’s International Trade Administration  (ITA) today released tourism data revealing that international visitors spent an estimated $14 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States in April 2012—$1.5 billion more (12 percent) than was spent in April 2011.
The new data reaffirms the importance of the Obama administration’s efforts to increase travel and tourism  in the United States and comes on the heels of the release of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy  (PDF) last month. The National Strategy is a blueprint for the Federal government to welcome 100 million international visitors each year by the end of 2021. The visitors would spend an estimated $250 billion per year, supporting more jobs and spurring economic growth in communities across the country. Read the full ITA release here .