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October 05, 2007


Year-To-Date Arrivals 8 Percent Above Last Year

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that 5.3 million international visitors traveled to the United States in July 2007, an increase of nine percent over July 2006.  Total visitation for the first seven months of 2007 was up over eight percent from the same period in 2006.  International visitors also spent $10.2 billion during the month, up 12 percent from July 2006 and $68.0 billion year-to-date, up 10 percent from the first seven months in 2006.

Highlights of July 2007 International Arrivals1 to the United States

  • Canadian visitation grew six percent over July 2006 for both air and land arrivals. Year-to-date arrivals were up five percent.
  • Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) were up 10 percent in July 2007. This aggregate included air arrivals, which were up 12 percent while land arrivals increased by 10 percent in July 2007. Air arrivals year-to-date 2007 were up nine percent.
  • Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) were 10 percent over July 2006 and were up eight percent for the first seven months of 2006.
  • Visitation from Western Europe was up 13 percent in July 2007, and nine percent year-to-date. Eastern European arrivals were up three percent in July and 10 percent for the first seven months of 2007.
  • Arrivals from the United Kingdom were up seven percent in July bringing it to a three percent growth rate year-to-date. Visitors from the U.K. accounted for 41 percent of all Western European arrivals.
  • German, Italian and French arrivals were up10 percent, 15 percent and 36 percent, respectively, for the month. For Italians, this continues a double-digit growth trend from late 2006. Arrivals from the Netherlands, Ireland and Spain grew 12 percent, 21 percent and 25 percent, respectively, in July.
  • Visitation from Asia increased four percent in July and was up three percent year-to-date. Growth was driven by arrivals from India and PR China, which jumped 37 percent and 28 percent, respectively for the month and up 48 percent and 25 percent, respectively for the year. Japanese arrivals were three percent below the July 2006 visitor level and were down five percent year-to-date. Japan accounted for 54 percent of all Asian visitors so far for the year.
  • Arrivals from South America were up 17 percent in July and 15 percent for the year. Double-digit growth in visitation from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela were noted for July and year-to-date except for Colombia, up nine percent for the year. Brazil was the top arrivals market for South America, accounting for 29 percent of arrivals from the region. Central American arrivals were up 12 percent in July and nine percent for the year.
  • Travel from Oceania increased three percent in July and eight percent for the year. Australia increased one percent in July and nine percent for the year and accounted for 80 percent of all arrivals from Oceania in 2007.
  • Visitation from the Caribbean was up four percent in July and nine percent for the year. Over 90 percent of arrivals were by air, which were also up nine percent for the year. Middle Eastern arrivals were up 17 percent in July while African visitation increased by 13 percent. Africa and the Middle East posted double-digit increases in arrivals for the first seven months of 2007.

To access the 2007 monthly arrivals data tables for world regions and top markets, visit

TOP PORTS July 2007 Year-to-Date

A brief analysis is presented on the top 15 ports for overseas arrivals during 2007.

Overseas arrivals (which excludes Canada and Mexico) were up eight percent through July 2007. Arrivals through the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for 84 percent of all overseas arrivals, slightly more than in the total arriving through these ports in the first seven months of 2006.

Twelve of the top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals for the first seven months of 2007. Six of these airports posted double-digit increases. New York maintained its lead in non-resident arrivals with a 14 percent increase. Arrivals through Newark were up 15 percent, moving it into 4th position, ahead of Honolulu, which dropped four percent from last year. Detroit and Houston moved into 12th and 13th positions, ahead of Boston and Sanford.  

To access top port activity, go to:

Arrivals to the USA by port-of-entry are tracked on a monthly basis.  The Department of Commerce has arrival data on more than 40 U.S. ports-of-entry from all world regions and 30 countries.

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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1 (The U.S. Department of Commerce complies with the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO) standard definition and class of international travelers when reporting monthly and annual arrivals data. This standard excludes all day-trippers from any of the counts/estimates, including those from Canada and Mexico.)

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