USA Cross-border tourism arrivals rose 4.4% worldwide last year By Danny King / January 19, 2016 Share 1 -- The number of cross-border tourism arrivals rose 4.4% last year to a record 1.18 billion, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Contributing to the rise were continued increases in outbound Chinese tourism, falling oil prices and the effects of a strengthening U.S. dollar. These factors more than offset economic constraints in Brazil and Russia. Inbound tourism to the Caribbean and Central America countries rose 7%, as American spending was buoyed by a stronger dollar. Visitor arrivals to Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and other nations of the South Pacific) were up 7%, while Central and Eastern Europe arrivals were up 6%. The Middle East was up 3%, and Africa fell 3%.As for outbound numbers, international tourism spending from Chinese visitors jumped 28%, to $165 million, while U.S. outbound spending was up 7%, to $112 million. Outbound tourism numbers from Brazil and Russia declined “significantly” on currency depreciation and economic difficulties.