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Chart of the day: Top foreign travelers to US

Izzy Best, CNBC News Associate

The United States travel and tourism industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and doesn't seem to be slowing down.

The travel and tourism sector grew at an annualized rate of 2.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Not only is the industry growing along with the economy, it's doing so despite a slowing growth in prices.

Direct travel spending in the US by domestic and international travelers grew 5.3 percent to $855.4 billion last year. Of this total, $128.6 billion was spent by international travelers visiting the United States.

During 2012, 66.97 million foreign travelers came to the United States. Of these, 59.5 million or 89 percent came from 20 foreign countries.

Travel visits 2012

Country Arrival
Canada22,698,986
Mexico14,509,341
UK3,763,381
Japan3,698,073
Germany1,895,952
Brazil1,791,103
China 1,474,408
France1,455,720
South Korea1,455,720
Australia1,122,180