Brazil proves to be a formidable contributor to the global tourism economy, increasing outbound spend by 32 per cent
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) today released its 2011 Travel Snapshot reports highlighting key spend insights from Visa account holders travelling to and from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. According to VisaVue ® Travel data, Visa account holders from these countries continued to increase spend on international travel-related purchases from 2010 to 2011, building momentum toward pre-recession levels. Travellers from the United States increased tourism spend on their Visa accounts by seven per cent, those from Canada by 11 per cent, and Mexico by 19 per cent. Most notably, travellers from Brazil increased international travel spend on their Visa accounts by 32 per cent in 2011 - 43 per cent of which was in the United States.
"Visa works closely with governments and tourism entities to connect merchants to the more than 2.3 billion 1 Visa global account holders and provides a convenient, secure and reliable payment experience for international travellers." said Ava Kelly, head of global affluent and cross border initiatives at Visa Inc. "Tourism is a key contributor to economic growth so this upward trend in international travel expenditures can provide some welcome revenues for growing countries like Mexico and Brazil as well as the U.S. and Canada."
VisaVue Travel Data Spending Trends
- Canada: While Visa account holders from the United States ( $3.5 billion), France ( $351 million) and the United Kingdom ( $348 million) remained the top three contributors to Canadian tourism, Visa account holders from China had one of the most significant increases with a 41 per cent increase year over year, from $229 million in 2010 to $321 million in 2011.
- United States: Brazil and China proved to be significant corridors for travel to the United States. Visa account holders from Brazil increased spend on travel to the United States by 41 per cent, from $1.9 billion in 2010 to $2.7 billion in 2011, edging out the U.K. as the second highest total contributor to U.S. tourism revenue. Visa account holders from China increased travel spend within the United States by 61 per cent, from $741 million in 2010 to $942 million in 2011. Similarly, Visa account holders from the United States increased travel spend in China by 27 per cent, from $741 million in 2010 to $941 million in 2011.
- Mexico: Visa account holders increased spending in Mexico by six per cent in 2011. While Russian account holders increased travel spending in Mexico by 73 per cent, travellers from South America also showed more interest in Mexico with Argentina (+58 per cent), Brazil (+56 per cent), Peru (+30 per cent) and Colombia (+30 per cent) following Russia with the greatest increases in travel spend to Mexico in 2011.
- Brazil: While the United States remains the top destination of choice for Visa account holders from Brazil, most European nations recognized double digit increases in travel spend by Brazilian Visa account holders in 2011. Spending by Brazilian Visa account holders increased by 30 per cent in France, 44 per cent in Italy and 41 per cent in the United Kingdom.
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