By James Wilkinson at IPW in Chicago

The Australian travel market to the United States continues to boom, with a record 1.205 million Aussies visiting in 2013.

Statistics released at the U.S Travel Association’s IPW in Chicago this week (Apr 7) by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) revealed the Australian market was up 7.4% on 2012 and in 2014, the US is expecting 1.265 million Aussies to visit America, up 5% on 2013.

Australia is the 10th largest market for the United States, contributing over USD$6 billion in revenue for the country and it has grown for the last nine years in a row.

According to the DOC, the Australian market is set to soar even higher, with 1.509 million Aussies expected to be visiting annually by 2018.

The number one city for Australians to visit is New York, with 619,000 visiting in 2013, up from 595,000 in 2012, making Aussies the fourth biggest overseas market for the city.

In 2014, the United States is expecting to receive 72.2 million visitors and the nation has a target to receive 100 million visitors by 2020.

China is the fastest moving market for the United States, with 139% growth forecast to 2018 and in that year, 4.313 million Chinese are expected to visit the USA, up from 1.808 million in 2013.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management