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July 20, 2006


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 3.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States in April 2006, an increase of 22 percent over April 2005. The double-digit growth compensates for the March decline in arrivals due mostly to the seasonal shift in the Easter holiday period (In 2005 Easter occurred in March and in 2006 it was in April). Year-to-date travel to the U.S. is up six percent. 

To view the U.S. Department of Commerce press release on arrivals, please click on: 

To see the top markets and regional data, please go to:


In addition, the following is a summary of top port arrival activity for the first four months.

TOP PORTS   January – April 2006

Arrivals to the USA by port-of-entry are tracked on a monthly basis. Department of Commerce has arrival data on more than 40 U.S. ports-of-entry from all world regions and 30 countries.   A brief analysis is presented on the top 15 ports for overseas arrivals during 2006.

Overseas arrivals (which excludes Canada and Mexico) were flat for the first four months of 2006. Arrivals through the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for almost 86 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, the same market share percentage registered in 2005. ///

Only six of fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals for the first four months of 2006.  Detroit registered a double-digit increase. In 2006 Guam (Agana) moved to sixth position; Chicago dropped to eighth and Detroit moved up to thirteenth, displacing Boston to fourteenth. 

To access top port activity, go to:

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.

To find out more about this program, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html

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