Indian tourists ranks 6th highest spenders in America

Indian tourists have been ranked sixth when it comes to spending time and money in the United States. They tend to spend more time during their stay in America as compared to U.S. citizens visiting India.

Jonathan Ward, Principal Commercial Officer, US Consulate General at the 6th edition of Travel East conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), cited, “India ranks 11th in US in terms of number of visitors but in terms of tourism export market, it ranks 6th because there is a trend of Indian visitors staying much longer duration there. So an average Indian tourist tends to spend more during his or her trip to the US.”

Ward said the tourists’ data analysis suggests 38% of the Indians visit the US with the primary purpose of business while another 28% go to meet friends and families living there.

18% of Indian visitors travel with the primary purpose of spending vacations while the purpose of the rest 16% can be attributed to miscellaneous other reasons.

“US government has introduced a public-private partnership named Brand USA in collaboration with the US Department of Commerce that conducts tour operator briefings about different US destinations once a year in India. It also provides a certification programme for the Indian tour operators that wish to specialise in US tourism and takes them to USA in familiarisation trips to the US,” he added.

In a bid to encourage more footfall from the Indian subcontinent, US government has increased the number of its VISA offices in India as well as is working on increasing more direct flights between the two countries.