These tourists visiting Fiesta San Antonio in April 2012 were part of a surge. Travel and tourism to the United States hit a record $168.1 billion in 2012, an increase of more than 9 percent from 2011.
“The Obama administration is committed to support these positive trends by taking concrete steps to attract and welcome international visitors to the United States,” said Francisco Sánchez, under secretary of commerce for international trade. The U.S. Commerce Department reported the 2012 total February 22.
The National Travel and Tourism Strategy, released in 2012, calls for making visits to the United States easier and more interesting for travelers. The goal is to welcome 100 million international visitors each year.
Fiesta San Antonio is one of the nation’s most colorful cultural events. It runs April 18–28 in 2013. The citywide celebration in San Antonio, Texas, includes 11 parades and more than 100 other culinary, musical, cultural and festive events. This year is the 122nd Fiesta San Antonio.
See Discover America for more on visiting the United States.