U.S. Travel and Tourism Satellite Accounts: Second Quarter 2012
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that real U.S. travel and tourism output (adjusted for changes in price) increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the second quarter of 2012, following an increase of 4.9 percent (revised) in the first quarter of 2012. By comparison, real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1.3 percent during the second quarter.
Tourism Spending. The deceleration in real tourism spending primarily reflected a downturn in passenger air transportation, which decreased 3.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012 after increasing 9.8 percent in the first quarter. Real spending on traveler accommodations decelerated, increasing 3.8 percent in the second quarter after increasing 5.9 percent in the first quarter.
Tourism Prices. Prices for tourism goods and services decelerated in the second quarter, primarily reflecting a decline in gasoline prices that resulted in a decline in the prices for “all other transportation-related commodities.” In addition, prices for passenger air transportation decelerated, reflecting a decline in fuel prices. In contrast, prices for traveler accommodations accelerated, increasing 8.7 percent in the second quarter after increasing 6.3 percent in the first quarter.
Tourism Employment. Employment in the travel and tourism industries increased 1.1 percent in the second quarter of 2012 after increasing 2.6 percent in the first quarter. The largest increase was in traveler accommodations, which increased 2.1 percent in the second quarter after increasing 0.3 percent in the first quarter. That increase was partially offset by a downturn in recreation and entertainment employment.en savoir plus