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These are the 20 countries that sent the most tourists to the United States in 2016

Tourists from these 20 countries account for more than 87 percent of the 75 million record tourists that visited the United States in 2016. In fact, the U.S. travel & tourism industry contributed over $1.5 trillion in 2016, while supporting 7.6 million U.S. jobs.

But from where do tourists come to the US?

Canada, sends the most tourists to the United States almost every year. In 2016, according to the statistics, 19.30 million Canadians visited the U.S. for touristic reasons.

The neighbouring Mexicans also chose U.S for their travels and holidays, resulting in 18.73 million Mexican tourists in the States in 2016, 1.9% higher than the year before.

The Brits were also quite attracted by the sights in the States in the year 2016, judging by the fact that 4.57 million of them visited the US in 2016.

These are the 20 countries that sent the most tourists to the United States in 2016:

1. Canada
Total arrivals in 2016: 19,301,507
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -6.8%
Favourite month to travel: August

2. Mexico
Total arrivals in 2016: 18,730,015
Year-over-year change in arrivals: 1.9%
Favorite month to travel: August

3. United Kingdom
Total arrivals in 2016: 4,573,708
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -6.7%
Favorite month to travel: August

4. Japan
Total arrivals in 2016: 3,576,955
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -4.8%
Favorite month to travel: August

5. China
Total arrivals in 2016: 2,972,264
Year-over-year change in arrivals: 14.7%
Favorite month to travel: August

6. Germany
Total arrivals in 2016: 2,034,866
Year-over-year change in arrivals:
-10.4%
Favorite month to travel:
October

7. South Korea
Total arrivals in 2016: 1,973,936
Year-over-year change in arrivals: 11.8%
Favorite month to travel: July

8. Brazil
Total arrivals in 2016: 1,693,328
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -23.7%
Favorite month to travel: January

9. France
Total arrivals in 2016: 1,628,069
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -7.1%
Favorite month to travel: July

10. Australia
Total arrivals in 2016: 1,346,487
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -7.1%
Favorite month to travel: September

11. India
Total arrivals in 2016: 1,172,256
Year-over-year change in arrivals:
4.1%
Favorite month to travel: May

12. Italy
Total arrivals in 2016: 982,841
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -5.4%
Favorite month to travel: August

13. Argentina
Total arrivals in 2016: 906,496
Year-over-year change in arrivals: 14.5%
Favorite month to travel: July

14. Colombia
Total arrivals in 2016: 835,915
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -2.1%
Favorite month to travel: June

15. Spain
Total arrivals in 2016: 800,697
Year-over-year change in arrivals: 6.4%
Favorite month to travel: August

16. Netherlands
Total arrivals in 2016: 672,046
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -7.4%
Favorite month to travel: July

17. Venezuela
Total arrivals in 2016: 579,948
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -1.8%
Favourite month to travel: December

18. Sweden
Total arrivals in 2016: 558,624
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -4.7%
Favourite month to travel: June

19. Switzerland
Total arrivals in 2016: 469,381
Year-over-year change in arrivals: -12.5%
Favourite month to travel: July

20. Taiwan
Total arrivals in 2016: 463,225
Year-over-year change in arrivals: 5.1%
Favourite month to travel: June

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.


Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.