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February 19, 2015


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.8 million international visitors traveled to the United States in November 2014, an eight percent increase over November 2013. November marks the 11th consecutive month of increases in 2014 in total U.S. visits.

For the first 11 months of 2014, visitation (68.5 million) was up seven percent compared to the same period in 2013. These data indicate that we will achieve another record-setting year of arrivals to the United States, now expecting 2014 international visits to reach over 74 million.


Top Markets

  • The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada increased one percent, accounting for 28 percent of international visits to the United States. At the same time, visits from Mexico increased 15 percent and accounted for 28 percent of total arrivals.
  • The United Kingdom (12%), Japan (1%) and Brazil (7%) rounded out the top five.
  • In November 2014, all top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.
  • Non-resident visitation from four of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.
  • During the first 11 months of 2014, eight of the top 10 countries (sort based on November 2014) posted increases in visitation to the United States. Canada and Japan recorded the only declines .

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence % Change November
2014 vs. 2013
  Canada 1%
  Mexico 15%
  United Kingdom 12%
  Japan 1%
  Brazil 7%
  Germany 16%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 17%
  South Korea 1%
  France 9%
  Australia 9%

Regional Markets

  • Seven of the nine major overseas regional markets recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States in November 2014: Western Europe (12%), Asia (7%), the Caribbean (15%), Oceania (13%), Central America (2%), Middle East (12%) and Africa (9%). At the same time, non-resident visits from South America (-1%) and Eastern Europe (-2%) decreased.

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In November 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.5 million) were up eight percent over November 2013, accounting for 43 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • November YTD 2014, overseas resident visits (31.4 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2013.

Top Ports: YTD November 2014

  • YTD November 2014, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits-slightly below last year.
  • The top three ports (New York (JFK), Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, nearly one percentage point above last year.
  • Thirteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first 11 months of 2014. Four of these ports recorded double-digit increases.

Access to NTTO Data
The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) collect, analyze and disseminate international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. NTTO produces visitation data tables, including a more detailed region, country and port analyses. To access these data, you are encouraged to visit the NTTO monthly arrivals page at https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-I-001/index.html.

National Travel and Tourism Strategy
In 2012, a Task Force on Travel Competitiveness, chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior, developed the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international opportunities throughout the United States and increase the U.S. market share of worldwide travel. The Tourism Policy Council, chaired by the Department of Commerce, is leading the implementation of the National Strategy through inter-agency working groups, including a Research Working Group chaired by the National Travel and Tourism Office. The I-94 Program supports the National Strategy’s call for expanded metrics on international travel to the United States. I-94 automation further supports this initiative as it greatly improves the measurement of international visitation data to the United States. To learn more about the National Strategy, you are encouraged to visit https://travel.trade.gov/pdf/national-travel-and-tourism-strategy.pdf. For more information on I-94 automation, please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/i-94-instructions.

(1) Throughout this report percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for November 2014 were calculated by comparing data in November 2014 to data in November 2013. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2014 were calculated by comparing data for January - November 2014 to data for January - November 2013.