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November 30, 2011

International Visitation Up Seven Percent in September 2011 and Up Five Percent September YTD 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.4 million international visitors traveled to the United States in September 2011, a seven percent increase over September 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, visitation (47.4 million) was up five percent compared to the same period in 2010.

Highlights
Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In September 2011, overseas resident visitation (2.6 million) was up six percent over September 2010.
  • September YTD 2011, overseas resident visits (21.0 million) were up six percent compared to the same period of 2010.
  • In September 2011, increases were registered in eight of the nine overseas regions.
  • September YTD 2011, increases were registered in seven overseas regions.

North American Resident Visitation

  • In September 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (1.7 million) were up seven percent and visits from Mexico (1.1 million) were up 10 percent.
  • September YTD 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (16.6 million) increased six percent while visits from Mexico (9.8 million) were up one percent for the year.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD September 2011)

  • In September 2011, seven of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • September YTD 2011, nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD September 2011)

Country of Residence % Change September
2011 vs. 2010
% Change YTD September
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 7% 6%
  Mexico 10% 1%
  United Kingdom -3% 1%
  Japan -4% -5%
  Germany 10% 6%
  France 7% 15%
  Brazil 33% 28%
  South Korea -7% 4%
  People's Republic of China
  (EXCL HK)
37% 37%
  Australia 15% 19%

Top Ports: YTD September 2011
YTD September 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 39 percent of all overseas arrivals, two percentage points above last year. Eleven of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first nine 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 September 2011 were calculated by comparing data in September 2011 to data in September 2010. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2011 were calculated by comparing data January - September 2011 to data January - September 2010.