The Great American Vacation in Three Charts

The Great American Vacation in Three Charts

Nearly 70 million Americans traveled abroad last year. Even more people visited the U.S., continuing a trend that began about five years ago amid efforts to reverse a decline in tourism caused by the financial crisis and tighter security. In 2010, Congress created a body to promote tourism in the United States; two years later, the White House followed with an executive order (PDF) aimed at speeding visa approvals.

Where do Americans go? Canada and Mexico, of course. Excluding those two, 30.8 million Americans traveled abroad last year, led by Californians and New Yorkers, according to recent data (including both business and leisure travel) from the Commerce Department’s National Travel and Tourism Office.

Souce: bloomberg.com