Spending by international visitors to the U.S. continues to rise, setting a new record in September.
Foreign visitors spent $13.9 billion traveling to and visiting the U.S. in September, a 4% increase over the same month in 2011, according to data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Spending by international visitors has been growing steadily for the past three years, with tourists from China, Brazil, Australia and South Korea, among a few other countries, generating the biggest boost in revenues.
Of the total spent in September, foreign visitors put out about $10.7 billion toward hotels, food, gifts and other expenses. An additional $3.2 billion or so was spent on airfares and other transportation costs.