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Air4casts USA Market Visitor Profile: Examining the increasing presence of Indian visitors

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Air4casts’ tourism outlook for the USA highlights a decline in Chinese tourists in H2 2024, contrasting with a significant presence of Indian visitors, who tend to stay longer and spend more in downtown shopping, second only to the Chinese in airport spending.

Air4casts’ tourism outlook for the USA in the second half of 2024 focuses on visitors from Asia/Pacific. Tourists from China will be noticeable by their absence in the second half of this year compared with pre-pandemic 2019. The USA is the second most popular destination for Indian nationals living abroad, after the UAE.

The 2020 Census data shows more than 750,000 resident in New York/Newark and more than 500,000 in San Francisco/Oakland/San José. Last year the total count was close to 5,000,000, the second largest community after Mexicans.

This high level of resident Indian nationals living permanently in the USA affects the profile of those short term Indian visitors coming to the country on tourist or business visas. In contrast, the Japanese visit the USA far more frequently but belong to a low-spending segment, Their principal destination being the Pacific Islands. Historically 75% of Japanese visitors travel for holiday reasons and 80% of their visits are for seven nights or less.

Indian Traveller Profile Q3-Q4 2024Air4casts_chart

In summary and in sharp contrast to Chinese visitors to the USA: 70% of Indian visitors will be male with an average age of over 40, over 80% will be travelling alone, and more than half will be visiting friends and relatives in the USA with an average stay time of about a month and a half. However, expenditure patterns tell a different story.


Indian Tourist Spend Forecast Q3-Q4 2024Air4casts_chart

Amongst visitors from Asia/Pacific, the Chinese and Singaporeans spend in total more than Indian travellers. For the second half of the year, Indian visitors will be the highest per capita spenders for downtown shopping. At the airport, all shoppers are eclipsed by the Chinese; Indian shoppers are ranked #2.

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She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.