New record of the USA: more then 77 million international guests visited in 2015

People walk past the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York. REUTERS

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.

Countries visit the United States in 2014

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.

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