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April 12, 2012


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in January 2012, a seven percent increase over January 2011. January 2012 registered the 10th straight month of increases in total U.S. visits.

In January 2012, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Visits from Canada increased nine percent while arrivals from Mexico grew four percent. Seven of the top inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in visits in January 2012, while Western Europe was flat and the Caribbean region decreased four percent.


Overseas Resident Visitation

  • January 2012 overseas resident visits (1.9 million) were up eight percent compared to January 2011.

Top 10 Countries

  • In January 2012, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States, with two of those countries, Brazil and the People's Republic of China, posting double-digit increases. At the same time, visitation from both the United Kingdom and France declined four percent.

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence % Change January
2012 vs. 2011
  Canada 9%
  Mexico 4%
  Japan 2%
  United Kingdom -4%
  Brazil 18%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 60%
  South Korea 3%
  Germany 9%
  Australia 8%
  France -4%


Top Ports: YTD January 2012
In January 2012, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 83 percent of all overseas visits, one percentage point lower than last year. The top three ports (Miami, New York JFK and Los Angeles) accounted for 39 percent of all overseas arrivals, also one percentage point lower than last year. Twelve of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals in January 2012. Six 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-2012-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 greatly improves 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 January 2012 were calculated by comparing data in January 2012 to data in January 2011.