- Leisure travel accounts for 77% of all travel taken by Asian Americans, and like other U.S. travelers they visit friends and relatives most often (40%), followed by entertainment (18%) and outdoor recreation (8%). Business travel, including travel for a combination of business and pleasure purposes, accounts for one in five (21%) person-trips taken by this group.
- Asian Americans have a “globalist” perspective. Affluent Asians are more likely than affluent Hispanic or African American to travel internationally, appreciate foreign food and support globalization.
- Compared to travelers overall, Asian Americans travel to California, Nevada, and Hawaii much more often.
- Asian American households spend $515 per trip, on average, excluding spending on transportation to their destination, more than the average household trip spending in the U.S. ($457).
- Asian Americans have a much higher tendency to include shopping as trip activity compared to total U.S. travelers (39% vs. 34%).
- At 47%, Asian Americans reported the highest share of hotel/bed and breakfast stays in 2010 with Hispanic travelers second at 42%.
- About 215 million Chinese can afford to visit the United States, and they spend an average of $7,200 per trip when they do – more than tourists from any other country.
- In 5 to 10 years, China will become the No.1 tourist provider to the United States with several million visits.
- From 2000 to 2009, the number of tourists visiting the United States from the Chinese Mainland and Hong Kong jumped by 41% to over 500,000. In 2010, that number climbed to over 800,000.
- China is the fastest growing outbound travel market in the world and will have about 100 million outbound tourists by 2020.
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