International travel’s share of total US exports reached 11.2 percent in 2016, according to the latest data from the Department of Commerce, the sector’s highest share since 2000, just before fallout from the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Travel exports rose 0.4 percent in 2016 to a record $247 billion. By comparison, overall U.S. exports declined by 2.3 percent last year. International travel also generated an $88 billion trade surplus in 2016. The US is the single largest destination for global long-haul travel, and the second-largest destination for overall global travel.