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The United States by Foreign Travelers

Want to know which states are winning the race for valuable tourism dollars from overseas visitors? Well, check out the latest statistics from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries which tracks inbound tourism to the United States. Below readers will find the 10 most visited states in the United States by overseas travelers in 2013, excluding visitors from Canada and Mexico. To put the numbers into perspective, the United States received 32 million international visitors altogether. Of all the international visitors who visited the United States, 37% are from Western Europe, 28% are from Asia and 16% are from South America.

New Jersey with 929,000 visitors

New Jersey managed to crack the top 10 of most visited states and enjoy an 8% surge in international visitors since 2012 despite not having a single city among the top 20 most visited American cities. So what’s bringing international visitors to New Jersey? Well, to put it simply, New York is. The Newark airport is one of New York City’s three airports and the state’s close proximity to New York City, with its huge amount of visitors, has meant that there’s enough spillover for New Jersey to enjoy a healthy tourism industry.

Pennsylvania with 993,000 visitors

Pennsylvania is a diverse destination that has a number of fascinating cities, like Philadelphia, a central location on the Eastern Seaboard and some cool rural attractions, like the Pennsylvania Dutch Country or the Pocono Mountains. And though the state’s international visitors have only grown by 4% since 2012, Philadelphia, its leading city, has seen its visitor arrivals jump by 13% as more and more visitors discover the city.

 Massachusetts with 1,378,000 visitors

Massachusetts is another state that was leapfrogged by Texas in 2013, as the state only enjoyed a 3% growth rate – Texas received 17% more international visitors in 2013. Boston, however, still receives more visitors than any city in Texas, as it’s the chief entry point for most visitors to Massachusetts and a world leader in higher education.

 Illinois with 1,442,000 visitors
Illinois makes it onto this almost solely because of the appeal of its largest city, Chicago. Each year 1.378 million international visitors travel to Chicago to discover America’s second city, which is known for its deep-dish pizza, blues bars, sports teams, unique architecture and laid-back attitude. That said, Illinois is losing ground in the tourism race, as its lack of other key-note attractions has caused it to experience a lackluster growth in tourism arrivals – only 3% since 2012.
Texas with 1,570,000 visitors

Texas is the only state on this list to move up positions in this year’s rankings, as Texas has surpassed both Illinois and Massachusetts to become the sixth most visited state in the United States. With 1.57 million visitors, Texas received 17% more international visitors in 2013 than it did in 2012, which is one of the largest increases of any state. Houston and Dallas are the state’s most visited cities, the two of which account for 73% of the state’s visitors.

Hong Kong InterContinental

Wow. Is all you can say when you walk into the huge living room complete with grand piano and double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows. And through the windows you can spy the room’s private, infinity-edge pool against the 180-degree uninterrupted backdrop of Hong Kong’s famous city skyline.

This is the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental, and at 7,000 square foot, it’s the largest suite in Hong Kong.

The bathroom, too, is something else. Firstly, the bathtub complete with countless jets is so big that you could fit a whole Hong Kong Rugby Sevens team in it. It’s also perched right by floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering sweeping views of the city while you bathe. The super–high-tech showers also offer the same stunning view. And then there’s the private steam room and sauna. Oh, and Chanel toiletries.

The bathroom of the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental.

But it’s the suite’s private pool that has really become an iconic image across the world. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s large for worldwide private villa standards, let alone space-starved Hong Kong standards. Nestled alongside the pool is a private sunbathing area. And to the right, a trellised hangout spot where many-a-celebrity has hosted a luxurious private party.

A private pool with a view of the Hong Kong Harbour? Yes, please!

But if the Presidential Suite is a little out of your budget, the rest of the hotel ain’t too shabby, either. Many of the rooms offer awesome city views, and all include InterContinental’s top-notch customer service.

The hotel’s pool deck is a huge draw. There’s the large main pool surrounded by ample deckchairs, as well as a three-temperature, infinity-edge Jacuzzi pool, which has more of those amazing city views. Sitting in the Jacuzzi pool at 8:00 pm has got to be one of the best places in Hong Kong to watch the city’s nightly laser show – aside from the pool in the InterContinental Presidential Suite, of course.

If after all that swimming you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll be pleased to find that the dining options at InterContinental do not disappoint. There’s acclaimed Japanese restaurant Nobu, Steak House Wine Bar & Grill, and the elaborate buffets at Harbourside.