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March 07, 2012

2011 International Visitation Sets New Record to Support the National Export Initiative

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 62 million international visitors traveled to the United States in 2011, a four percent increase over 2010. In 2011, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Visits from Canada increased five percent while arrivals from Mexico were flat. Five of the top inbound overseas regional markets posted record level visits in 2011: South America, Oceania, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.


Overseas Resident Visitation Surpasses 2010

  • In 2011, overseas resident visits (28 million) were up six percent compared to 2010, creating a new record level of overseas visits for the United States.

Top 15 Countries

  • In 2011, 12 of the top 15 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States. In 2011, Mexico and the United Kingdom were flat, while Japan posted the only decline, down four percent for the year.
  • Nine of the top 15 countries posted record visitation to the United States in 2011: Canada, Brazil, France, South Korea, the People's Republic of China, Australia, Italy, Spain and India.

Top 15 Countries

Country of Residence % Change
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 5%
  Mexico 0%
  United Kingdom 0%
  Japan -4%
  Germany 6%
  Brazil 26%
  France 12%
  South Korea 3%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 36%
  Australia 15%
  Italy 6%
  Spain 9%
  India 2%
  Netherlands 5%
  Venezuela 14%


Top Ports: YTD December 2011
In 2011, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits, the same as 2010. The top three ports (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 40 percent of all overseas arrivals, nearly two percentage points above last year. Twelve of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals in 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 <https://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 <https://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>.

Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for 2011 were calculated by comparing January - December 2011 data to January - December 2010 data.