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June 10, 2013


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 67 million international visitors traveled to the United States in 2012, a seven percent increase over 2011. In 2012, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Visits from Canada increased six percent while visits from Mexico were up eight percent. Six of the top inbound overseas regional markets posted record level visits in 2012: Asia, South America, Oceania, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

Overseas Resident Visitation Surpasses 2011

  • In 2012, overseas resident visits (30 million) were up seven percent compared to 2011, creating a new record level of overseas visits for the United States.

Top 15 Countries

  • In 2012, 11 of the top 15 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States. The United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain posted the only declines.
  • Nine of the top 15 countries posted record visitation to the United States in 2012: Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, South Korea, Australia, India, Venezuela and Argentina.

Top 15 Countries

Country of Residence % Change
2012 vs. 2011
  Canada1 6%
  Mexico1 8%
  United Kingdom -2%
  Japan 14%
  Germany 3%
  Brazil1 19%
  People's Republic of China excl Hong Kong1 35%
  France -3%
  South Korea1 9%
  Australia1 8%
  Italy -7%
  India1 9%
  Venezuela1 20%
  Argentina1 20%
  Spain -13%

Top Ports: YTD December 2012
In 2012, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 81 percent of all overseas visits. The top three ports (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 39 percent of all overseas arrivals, nearly one percentage point below last year. Twelve of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals in 2012. Five of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to OTTI Data
Industry & Analysis’ 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 U.S employment, on March 11, 2010 President Obama created the National Export Initiative (NEI). 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 2012 were calculated by comparing January–December 2012 data to January–December 2011 data.

1 Record level of non-resident visits to the United States in 2012.