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January 19, 2012

International Visitation Up Two Percent in October 2011 and Up Five Percent October YTD 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.3 million international visitors traveled to the United States in October 2011, a two percent increase over October 2010. For the first ten months of 2011, visitation (52.6 million) was up five percent compared to the same period in 2010.

Highlights
Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In October 2011, overseas resident visitation (2.6 million) was up four percent over October 2010.
  • October YTD 2011, overseas resident visits (23.5 million) were up six percent compared to the same period of 2010.
  • In October 2011, increases were registered in eight of the nine overseas regions.
  • October YTD 2011, increases were registered in seven overseas regions.

North American Resident Visitation

  • In October 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (1.6 million) were up three percent and visits from Mexico (1.2 million) were down five percent.
  • October YTD 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (18.2 million) increased six percent while visits from Mexico (10.9 million) were flat for the year.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD October 2011)

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

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD October 2011)

Country of Residence % Change October
2011 vs. 2010
% Change YTD October
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 3% 6%
  Mexico -5% 0%
  United Kingdom -7% 0%
  Japan -1% -5%
  Germany 4% 6%
  France 6% 14%
  Brazil 25% 28%
  South Korea -2% 4%
  People's Republic of China
  (EXCL HK)
28% 36%
  Australia 1% 17%

 

Top Ports: YTD October 2011
YTD October 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. Twelve of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first ten months of 2011. Five of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to OTTI Data
Industry & Analysis' 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 October 2011 were calculated by comparing data in October 2011 to data in October 2010. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2011 were calculated by comparing data January - October 2011 to data January - October 2010.