UK retains position as top market for travel to the US

UK retains position as top market for travel to the US

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A rise in arrivals from the UK and Ireland contributed to a record number of 34.4 million overseas visitors to the US in 2014, up 8% from 2013.

The UK provided almost 4 million visitors, a rise of 3.6% year-on-year, allowing it to retain its position as the top overseas market for international travel to the US, excluding Canada and Mexico.

The latest figures were released by US under secretary of commerce and international trade Stefan Selig.

Additionally, inbound travel from Ireland to the US grew to 395,037 in 2014, an increase of 7% from 2013.

The global marketing efforts of Brand USA helped bring a record number of 75 million international visitors to the country in total in 2014, an increase of 7% over 2013.

Chief executive Christopher Thompson said: "We are proud to see this latest increase in visitation to the United States and to be one step closer to our goal of welcoming 100 million international visitors annually to the United States by 2021.

"We are grateful for the continued support of our partners and look forward to expanding our marketing efforts in 2015 to further drive international travel to the USA.”

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