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SFO’s International Travel is Growing Faster Than Any Other U.S. Airport

Statistics that are important from the article: International visits to San Francisco increased by 21 percent from 2010 to 2014,  according to the San Francisco Travel Association. The number of visits is expected to grow another 19 percent from 2015 through 2018.

  • Chinese visitors to San Francisco spent an $813 million in 2015.
  • Visitors from the United Kingdom shell out $465 million.
  • Indian visitors spent $404 million.
  • Visitors from Germany, Scandinavia, South Korea and Japan also make up large portions of San Francisco’s international visitors.

San Francisco International Airport is setting records this year.

Following recent news that the airport served a record 50 million total passengers in 2015, a new report from the International Trade Administration shows that SFO had the highest rate of international visitors of any American airport in 2015.

SFO had a 9 percent increase in international passengers, putting it above other major gateway airports like Los Angeles’ LAX and New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport.

Read more: San Francisco Business Times (blog) SFO’s international travel is growing faster than any other U.S. airport

SFO Posts Highest Rate of Int'l Travel Growth