Visa: Visitors to the London Games rack up $1.4B on their cards

Another $700 million was spent on Visa cards by foreign travelers in the U.K. during the second week of the London Games, bringing the total spend during the Olympics to more than $1.4 billion.

The company on Wednesday said that travelers from the U.S. spent $91 million, more than any other country. Japan ($47.4 million) and France ($44.5 million) spent the second and third most, respectively (see chart, below). Visa cardholders from Russia increased their travel spend by more than 30 percent in the second week of the Games

Visa was tracking money spent by its cardholders by sector, as well. There was $139.1 million spent on services ranging from shoe repair to spa treatments, $106.6 million on entertainment like theater tickets, $82.4 million on airlines and $66.3 million with retailers ranging from antique shops to drug stores.

Money Spent Through Visa
At The London Games


1. United States — $91.0 million  (13%)
2. Japan — $47.4 million  (7%)
3. France — $44.5 million  (6%)
4. Italy — $42.1 million  (6%)
5. Australia — $35.3 million   (5%)
6. Republic of Ireland — $34.3 million  (5%)
7. Spain — $33.5 million  (5%)
8. Germany — $33.3 million  (5%)
9. Canada — $25.3 million  (4%)
10. Sweden — $23.9 million  (3%)


Source: Visa

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