People walk past the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York. REUTERS
Did you visit the United States in 2015? If so, you helped set a new record as one of 77.6 million visitors from around the world who traveled to the United States this year, a 3.6 percent increase from 2014.
In July, the Commerce Department predicted international visitors to the United States will reach a record 77.6 million in 2015 — up more than 3.6 percent from 2014.
Previous record – 75 million international visitors – was marked last year, 2014, a 7 percent increase from 2013.
The top countries of origin for U.S. tourists continued to be Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Japan and Brasil. Visitors from China — the sixth-largest group in 2014 — jumped more than 21 percent from 2013 levels.
About 41 percent of international visitors who entered the United States in 2014 did so through three points – New York, Miami or Los Angeles.
President Obama has made increasing international tourism a priority for his administration. His goal is attracting 100 million international visitors annually by 2021.
The U.S. departments of Commerce and Homeland Security recently sent a report to the president on a strategy to draw more international visitors by delivering a “best-in-class arrivals experience” that ensures the United States becomes an even more popular destination of choice.