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July 05, 2012


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.7 million international visitors traveled to the United States in April 2012, a two percent increase over April 2011. April 2012 registered the 13th straight month of increases in total U.S. visits.

In April 2012, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico with each market increasing three percent for the month. Four of the nine overseas regions were up in April 2012 (Asia +27%, South America +10%, Eastern Europe +13%, Africa +20%). At the same time, the Middle East was flat. Four overseas regions were down for the month: Western Europe -11%, Oceania -4%, Central America -7%, and the Caribbean -9%.

For the first four months of 2012, visitation (19.9 million) was up eight percent compared to the same period in 2011.

For the first four months of 2012, visitation (19.9 million) was up eight percent compared to the same period in 2011.

Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In April 2012, overseas resident visitation (2.4 million) was up one percent over April 2011.
  • April YTD 2012, overseas resident visits (8.5 million) were up 10 percent compared to the same period of 2011.

Top 10 Countries

  • In April 2012, seven of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • During the first four months of 2012, nine of the top 10 countries (sort based on April 2012) posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on April 2012)

Country of Residence % Change April
2012 vs. 2011
% Change YTD April
2012 vs. 2011
  Canada 3% 7%
  Mexico 3% 7%
  United Kingdom -22% -2%
  Japan 28% 13%
  France 9% 6%
  Germany -9% 11%
  Brazil 19% 20%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 61% 48%
  South Korea 27% 15%
  Australia -5% 7%

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