What To Know About the ‘American Dream’ of the World’s Biggest Tourism Destination
The United States of America is one of the world’s largest and most lucrative destinations for tourists, but there are some important differences between the country and its neighboring countries.
“Americans don’t always like to see a difference,” says Laura Pritchard, director of tourism for the National Association of Travel Agents.
“We can’t have a lot of tourists from different countries traveling together, and then have them all go to the same place, which makes it a little confusing.”
The biggest difference between the United States and its neighbors, however, is the quality of the food.
While the U.S. spends nearly $600 billion annually on food, the rest of the Western Hemisphere has a much lower budget.
According to the World Food Program, more than half of the 1.7 billion people who visit this hemisphere each year don’t eat a meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.
And it’s not just Americans who are eating worse food than their neighbors.
In Brazil, for example, the average American eats roughly 3.3 pounds of food per day, according to data from the World Health Organization.
“When we compare food in countries with different budgets, the difference is not small,” Pritchett says.
“In the U, there’s a lot less rice.
In the U of A, you’re eating more fish.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the quality is worse.
It could be because it’s cheaper.”
The same is true of the quality and consistency of the foods that people in other countries consume.
“It’s like comparing apples and oranges,” Primchard says.
“[Americans] eat them all the time, and we think they’re so great, but we never really take the time to do a comparison with the fruits and vegetables that we eat in other places.”
What does this mean for tourists?
Travelers from other countries can make an important contribution to the U with just one meal.
They can pay for a trip to a beach or resort without the cost of a hotel, say the World Bank’s Laura P. Pritchetts.
For people who are interested in traveling to the United Kingdom, for instance, Pritcherts recommends spending the same amount of money on a two-night stay in a hotel as on a three-night vacation.
But for those who are already traveling abroad, Pregatcherts cautions that even if the price of a meal is lower, it’s still better to spend money on your stay.
“If you’re already planning a trip, or you’re planning to do it, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to pay for the meals,” she says.
For more information, visit the National Associations website.