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The United States is the Most Popular Travel Destination for Shopaholics!



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If you love to shop, there’s no greater destination than the good ole US of A!
According to a report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the United States remains the top destination for retail tourism, beckoning shopaholics from across the globe.
“Retail tourism is a thriving market segment of the Travel & Tourism sector in the U.S.,” said WTTC President & CEO Julia Simpson during an appearance at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas.
“For millions around the world, shopping is one of life’s great pleasures. The pandemic impacted both travel and retail industries severely, but as the world reopens, this report shows how the retail experience can become a journey too,” Simpson shared. “Our latest findings on the U.S. reinforce its allure as a shopping mecca, highlighting the vital role that retail tourism plays in the country’s Travel & Tourism sector.”
According to Breaking Travel News, even with the hurdles brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States managed to maintain its top spot in 2020, generating $17.5 billion. This trend carried on in 2021, with the country contributing a whopping $23.9 billion to its economy through retail tourism.
The full WTTC report on retail tourism will be published on September 7th during an event at La Roca Village, part of The Bicester Collection, in Barcelona, Spain.