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April 26, 2012


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.2 million international visitors traveled to the United States in February 2012, a nine percent increase over February 2011. February 2012 registered the 11th straight month of increases in total U.S. visits.

In February 2012, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Visits from Canada increased eight percent while arrivals from Mexico grew seven percent. All nine top inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in visits in February 2012.

For the first two months of 2012, visitation (8.7 million) was up eight percent compared to the same period in 2011.

Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In February 2012, overseas resident visitation (1.9 million) was up 10 percent over February 2011.
  • February YTD 2012, overseas resident visits (3.8 million) were up nine percent compared to the same period of 2011.

Top 10 Countries

  • In February 2012, all of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • During the first two months of 2012, nine of the top 10 countries (sort based on February 2012) posted increases in visitation to the United States, with only the United Kingdom posting a decline.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on February 2012)

Country of Residence % Change February
2012 vs. 2011
% Change YTD February
2012 vs. 2011
  Canada 8% 8%
  Mexico 7% 5%
  Japan 4% 3%
  United Kingdom 1% -1%
  Brazil 43% 27%
  Germany 18% 14%
  France 6% 2%
  South Korea 17% 9%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 9% 40%
  Australia 10% 9%


Top Ports: YTD February 2012
YTD February 2012, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 83 percent of all overseas visits-one percentage point below last year. The top three ports (Miami, New York and Los Angeles) accounted for 39 percent of all overseas arrivals, half a percentage point less than last year. Thirteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first two months of 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 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 February 2012 were calculated by comparing data in February 2012 to data in February 2011. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2012 were calculated by comparing data January - February 2012 to data January - February 2011.