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June 07, 2012


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.4 million international visitors traveled to the United States in March 2012, a 14 percent increase over March 2011. March 2012 registered the 12th straight month of increases in total U.S. visits.

In March 2012, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Visits from Canada increased six percent while arrivals from Mexico grew 17 percent. All nine top inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in visits in March 2012.

For the first three months of 2012, visitation (14.1 million) was up 10 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In March 2012, overseas resident visitation (2.3 million) was up 21 percent over March 2011.
  • March YTD 2012, overseas resident visits (6.1 million) were up 13 percent compared to the same period of 2011.

Top 10 Countries

  • In March 2012, all of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • During the first three months of 2012, all of the top 10 countries (sort based on March 2012) posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on March 2012)

Country of Residence % Change March
2012 vs. 2011
% Change YTD March
2012 vs. 2011
  Canada 6% 7%
  Mexico 17% 9%
  Japan 21% 9%
  United Kingdom 29% 10%
  Germany 32% 22%
  Brazil 5% 20%
  France 6% 4%
  South Korea 22% 12%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 55% 44%
  Australia 22% 13%


Top Ports: YTD March 2012
YTD March 2012, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits-nearly one and a half percentage points below last year. The top three ports (Miami, New York and Los Angeles) accounted for 39 percent of all overseas arrivals, almost one and a half percentage points less than last year. Thirteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first three months of 2012. Ten 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 March 2012 were calculated by comparing data in March 2012 to data in March 2011. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2012 were calculated by comparing data January - March 2012 to data January - March 2011.