Canadians seem to have lost interest in visiting the U.S., but the Chinese and South Koreans can’t get enough of our tourist hot spots, like Disneyland, the Grand Canyon and New York’s Times Square.
Those are some of the conclusions from the latest visitor data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the agency that tracks the number of visitors traveling in and out of the U.S.
Our neighbors to the north, Canada, sent only 10 million visitors in the first six months, a 6% drop compared with the same period of 2014, according to the latest data. Our neighbor to the south, Mexico, sent 8.4 million visitors, an 8% increase, the data said.
Meanwhile, China’s economy has been red hot until a few months ago when a slowdown began to worry economists about the ripple effect on the rest of the world’s economy. The burgeoning middle class in China has been traveling to the U.S. in big numbers to spend their disposable income at theme parks and outlet malls.
Tourism from South Korea may be on the rise because South Koreans continue to visit family members in Los Angeles, which is home to about 160,000 residents of Korean origin, according to the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.
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