More than seventy-seven million international travelers came to the U.S. in 2015 alone, according to the U.S. Travel Association. So what are all of those people doing once they get here? Do they go to Disney World? Catch a Broadway play? Hike the Rocky Mountains?
Regardless of whether they’re in the U.S. for a vacation, to visit family or for a business meeting, most travelers try to take in American culture in some way. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, top priorities include shopping, sightseeing and going to amusement parks.
Travelers from Brazil tend to pursue activities that remind them of home. Brazil is known for its vibrant music, dance and celebrations, all of which were on full display during the recent Olympic Games. Travelers from this country stay active in the U.S. by visiting amusement parks, going to nightclubs and taking in concerts, plays or musicals. They’re far less interested in going on guided tours, visiting small towns or enjoying fine dining.
French travelers, however, are the opposite—they tend to stay away from activities like nightclubbing and amusement parks when they’re here. Instead, you’ll find the French at art galleries and museums, national parks and monuments, and top restaurants. Most come to the U.S. for vacation or business, as opposed to visiting for family.
It’s a similar story with Italian travelers. While in the U.S. they enjoy going to historic sites, national parks and museums, and small towns, Italians tend to shy away from amusement parks.
Visitors from India come to the U.S. primarily for business, but when here for leisure, their focus is on understanding American Indian culture and exploring the outdoors. Their favorite activities are visiting American Indian communities, participating in snow sports, and camping and hiking.
South Korean travelers also like physical activity during their U.S. stays––water sports, and hunting and fishing, are among their top priorities. They also enjoy sightseeing. Shopping, visiting small towns and experiencing fine dining are low priorities.
Meanwhile, Australian travelers prefer to concentrate on learning about the U.S. and its history. They like to take guided tours, go to national parks and monuments, and visit historic locations. You’re less likely to see people from Australia going on eco excursions, playing golf or tennis, or hunting and fishing.