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February 03, 2012

International Visitation Up Eight Percent in November 2011 and Up Five Percent November YTD 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States in November 2011, an eight percent increase over November 2010. For the first 11 months of 2011, visitation (57.6 million) was up five percent compared to the same period in 2010.

Highlights
Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In November 2011, overseas resident visitation (2.0 million) was up five percent over November 2010.
  • November YTD 2011, overseas resident visits (25.5 million) were up six percent compared to the same period of 2010.
  • In November 2011, increases were registered in six of the nine overseas regions.
  • November YTD 2011, increases were registered in seven overseas regions.

North American Resident Visitation

  • In November 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (1.5 million) were up one percent and visits from Mexico (1.4 million) were up 21 percent.
  • November YTD 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (19.7 million) increased six percent while visits from Mexico (12.3 million) grew two percent for the year.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD November 2011)

  • In November 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • November YTD 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD November 2011)

Country of Residence % Change November
2011 vs. 2010
% Change YTD November
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 1% 6%
  Mexico 21% 2%
  United Kingdom -3% -0%
  Japan -0% -4%
  Germany 7% 6%
  France 1% 13%
  Brazil 28% 28%
  South Korea 3% 3%
  People's Republic of China
  (EXCL HK)
35% 36%
  Australia 3% 16%

Top Ports: YTD November 2011
YTD November 2011, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 81 percent of all overseas visits, the same as last year. The top three ports (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 40 percent of all overseas arrivals, nearly two percentage points above last year. Twelve of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first 11 months of 2011. Five of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to OTTI Data
Manufacturing and Services' Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. OTTI produces visitation data tables, including a more detailed region, country and port analyses. To access these data, you are encouraged to visit the OTTI monthly arrivals page at <http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2011-I-001/index.html>.

National Export Initiative
To improve conditions that directly affect the private sector's ability to export and to boost employment recovery, on March 11, 2010 President Obama created the National Export Initiative (NEI). The automation of the arrival/departure form [CBP Form I-94W] for Visa Waiver Program travelers supports this initiative as the automated form will greatly improve the measurement of international arrival data to the United States. To learn more about the NEI, you are encouraged to visit <http://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>.


Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for November 2011 were calculated by comparing data in November 2011 to data in November 2010. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2011 were calculated by comparing data January - November 2011 to data January - November 2010.