International travelers flocked to the US in 2012
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Based on new travel and tourism data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, people from around the world still have an interest in visiting America. Furthermore, the department projects greater numbers of international travelers will explore the states through 2018, which means the nation's serviced apartments should receive plenty of business in the years to come.
According to a department press release, 2012 was a year for the record books, as 67 million international travelers visited the U.S. People from Canada, Mexico, Japan and other nations helped raise this figure by 4.3 million from 2011.
It was Canada that provided the largest number of visitors - 22.7 million - which was a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Behind Canada was Mexico, with 14.5 million residents visiting the U.S. in 2012. Other tourists came from Argentina, China and Germany, proving that people from all parts of the globe still care about seeing America.
"This is good news as we continue to focus on a variety of efforts to boost travel and tourism to the United States," said Francisco Sánchez, under secretary of commerce for international trade, in a statement. "Increasing international visitors helps grow our economy and create more jobs."