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Indian tourists visiting US will cross 1 m mark this year


Washington (Jan. 14, 2015): The Indian tourists visiting the US will cross the one million mark for the first time this year, a public-private tourism organisation has said hoping the visit of President Barack Obama to India later this month will increase the inflow of tourists in coming years.

In 2014, nearly 9,00,000 Indian tourists travelled to the US which he estimated would easily cross the million mark in 2015 and by 2021, the US hopes to have more than 1.5 million visitors from India every year.

On an average international traveller spend $ 4,500 per visit but Indians spend more between $ 5,000 to $ 6,000 per visitors.

The top 10 travel destination for Indians are New York, California, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, Alaska, Virginia and Michigan.

According to latest available figures, Indian tourists ranked 10th in international-tourist spending in the US during 2013. This $ 5.6 billion in spending by Indian tourists was an increase of 14 per cent over the previous year.

A recent 'Brand USA' study said that outbound travellers from India are informed, sophisticated and educated and they are increasingly looking for rich, authentic experiences during their trips.

Niche-travel products are gaining popularity, especially in the luxury market. Prime interests for Indian travelers include sightseeing, nightlife and entertainment, theme parks, beaches and water sports, and shopping. They also have a high demand for adventure and outdoor experiences.