Los Angeles has overtaken Miami as the U.S. city with the second-highest number of overseas visitors, behind only New York.
The latest statistics from the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries show Los Angeles had a 33% increase in overseas visitors in 2010 compared with 2009. The number of such visitors to Miami increased 17% in the same period.
Overseas visitors are highly coveted in the tourism industry because they tend to stay longer and spend more. The average overseas visitor to California spends about $1,166 per trip, compared with a visitor from Mexico who spends $909 per visit, according to the California Travel & Tourism Commission.
Los Angeles hosted 3.3 million overseas visitors last year, compared with New York's 8.5 million and Miami's 3.1 million, the federal agency said in a report released Monday. Orlando, Fla., had 2.7 million, and San Francisco came in fifth, with 2.6 million.