Foreign visitation expected to increase 3.5% in 2014

By Danny King
The U.S. will boost its foreign visitor count by 3.5% this year, to 72.2 million, and will attract 83.8 million visitors in 2018, the U.S. Commerce Department forecast.

Visitor growth will be driven by largely by China, which will send more than twice as many tourists to the U.S. in 2018 as it did last year, projected the Commerce Department.

Colombia, India, Taiwan and Brazil are countries from where where annual visits to the U.S. are forecast to jump at least 50% during the next four years.

The number of foreign visitors to the U.S. rose 4.7%, to a record 69.8 million in 2013, while those visitors spent a record $181 billion, a 9.1% increase.

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