Indian visitors to U.S. spent $13.6 billion in 2016

A record $13.6 billion was spent by Indian visitors in the U.S. last year, placing India on the sixth spot among the top 10 international markets for the U.S. in terms of visitor spending.

In 2016, as many as 1.17 million Indians visited the U.S., with India ranking 11th in terms of number of international visitors to the United States. A total of 75.6 million international visitors came to the U.S. in 2016 for business, medical, education and leisure purposes, collectively spending $244.7 billion across the country.

Travel and tourism was the largest services export for the U.S. last year, comprising 33% of services exports and 11% of exports overall. China ($33 billion), Mexico ($20.2 billion), India ($13.6 billion) and South Korea ($8.6 billion) all experienced an increase in both spending and visitations.

China was up 15% in number arrivals and 9% in spending; South Korea was up 12% in visitations and four percent in spending; Mexico was up two percent in visitations and three percent in spending. In contrast, India increased 4% in arrivals and 14% in spending.

“The U.S. has enjoyed increased visitor spending from travellers originating out of India in every single year ever reported, save one (spending was absolutely flat in 2009),” the U.S. Department of Commerce said in its latest annual report.