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U.S. Travel and Tourism Exports Soar to New Heights in 2005

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that total international travel and tourism exports (receipts) reached the unprecedented level of $104.8 billion in 2005—averaging $8.7 billion a month. This represents a 12 percent increase ($11.5 billion) in travel exports over 2004, twice the growth rate of travel imports (payments) during the same time period.

  • International visitors spent a record-breaking $104.8 billion on travel-related goods and services in the United States.
  • 2005 marks the seventeenth consecutive year that the travel and tourism industry has generated a balance of trade surplus.
  • Travel and tourism exports increased 12 percent in 2005; conversely, travel imports decelerated to 6 percent in 2005, helping to add nearly $6 billion to the already favorable U.S. travel and tourism balance of trade.

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International Visitation to the United States Continues to Rebound

In 2005 international visitation to the United States increased 7 percent over 2004 to 49.9 million visitors. This represents the second consecutive year the U.S. travel and tourism industry has benefited from positive visitation growth, having increased 12 percent to 46.1 million in 2004. Further, the United States enjoyed record numbers of visitors from 58 of the more than 200 countries for which data are available.

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TOP PORTS January – December 2005

Arrivals to the United States by port-of-entry are tracked monthly. The U.S. Department of Commerce tracks arrivals on more than 40 U.S. ports-of-entry from all world regions and 30 countries.

Overseas arrivals (which excludes Canada and Mexico) were up seven percent in 2005. Arrivals through the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for 85 percent of all overseas arrivals.

The top three ports of entry (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of all overseas arrivals, slightly more than their combined share in 2004.

All top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals for 2005. New York JFK, Atlanta, and Boston airports all registered double-digit growth in arrivals. In 2005 Boston moved up to twelfth position ahead of Sanford, Florida, and Detroit moved up to fourteenth position ahead of Houston, Texas.

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The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. report has approximately 30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals to the country. The report provides data on approximately 90 countries each month and more than 40 ports of entry. Numerous breakouts are provided by world region and country for the port tables as well.

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Phone:(202) 482-0140
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