Did you know that the U.S. government has a a National Travel and Tourism Office? I didn’t till this spring, when I came across the office as I worked on a reference question. NTTO is part of the Dept of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
You can see what kinds of data the Travel and Tourism Statistical System for the United States collects and analyzes at http://travel.trade.gov/about/industry_analysis.asp .
The statistics that really intrigued me were
- Inbound Travel to the U.S. (statistics on international travel to the U.S)
- Outbound Travel from the U.S. (statistics on U.S. travelers going abroad)
You can get a sense of international visitation to the U.S., and international visitor spending in the U.S. (both to a monthly level!), and a list of the top states, cities, and regions visited. (alas, Wisconsin and its fine cities do not make those lists).
You can also find annual Profiles of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations back to 2008, and Monthly U.S. Outbound Air Travel to International Regions.
Have you come across information that you were surprised to know federal, state, or local governments published? Let us know!
Government information/reference librarian
Memorial Library, UW-Madison