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January 11, 2016

International Visits to the USA Grow Four Percent in June 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that the United States welcomed 6.2 million international visitors(1)(2) in June 2015-216,000 more than in June 2014-a four percent increase in visitors. June 2015 marked the 18th consecutive month of growth in total U.S. visits since January 2014.

For the first six months of 2015, international visitation (36.0 million) was up four percent compared to the same period in 2014.


Top Inbound International Markets

  • The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Overnight volume from Canada totaled 1.5 million visitors in June 2015, a 14 percent decline (-14%) compared May 2014. At the same time, Mexico recorded 1.4 million visits to the United States, an increase of 13 percent. The United Kingdom (+21%), Japan (+2%) and the People’s Republic of China (excl HK) (+15%) rounded out the top five inbound markets.
  • In June 2015 nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits. Non-resident visitation from six of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.
  • YTD June 2015 nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence
(Sorted on June 2015)
Percent Change June
2015 vs. 2014
Percent Change YTD June
2015 vs. 2014
Rank for YTD
June 2015
  Canada -14% -6% 1
  Mexico 13% 8% 2
  United Kingdom 21% 14% 3
  Japan 2% 2% 4
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 15% 18% 5
  Germany 11% 14% 7
  Brazil 22% 5% 6
  South Korea 10% 20% 8
  Australia 8% 11% 10
  France 5% 4% 9

Regional Markets

  • Seven of the nine(4) major overseas regional markets recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States during June 2015: Western Europe (+13%), Asia (+8%), South America (+13%), Oceania (+8%), the Caribbean (+9%), Central America (+7%), and Africa (+3%)
  • YTD June 2015 two major regional market recorded decreases-the Middle East (-3%) and Eastern Europe (-2%).

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas(5) Countries

  • June 2015 non-resident visits from overseas countries (3.3 million) were up 10 percent over the same period in 2014.
  • In June 2015 travel from overseas markets accounted for 53 percent of total arrivals to the United States.
  • YTD June 2015 overseas resident visits (17.3 million) were up nine percent compared to the first six months of 2014.

Top Ports: YTD June 2015

  • YTD June 2015 visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 85.1 percent of all overseas visits compared to 84.0 percent in 2014.
  • The top three ports (New York [JFK], Miami, and Los Angeles) accounted for 41.4 percent of all overseas arrivals compared to 41.5 percent in 2014.
  • Fourteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Nine of these ports recorded double-digit increases.

Pleasure Travel vs. Business Travel: YTD June 2015

  • During the first six months of 2015, of the top 20 overseas countries with visits to the United States, more than 90 percent of the visits recorded from Brazil (91%), Argentina (92%), Venezuela (90%), and Ecuador (93%) represented pleasure travel to the United States. On the contrary, 25 percent or more of the visits recorded from Germany (26%) and the Netherlands (30%) represented business travel to the United States.
  • During the first six months of 2015 for all overseas non-resident visits to the United States, 79.8 percent represented pleasure travel and 16.6 percent represented business travel.

Access to NTTO Data
The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. NTTO produces visitation data tables, including more detailed regional, 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-2015-I-001/index.html.

National Travel and Tourism Strategy
In 2012 a Task Force on Travel Competitiveness, co-chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior, developed the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States and increase the United States’ 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 NTTO. 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) This report integrates the volume of inbound international visitors to the United States from residents of other countries using three U.S. and international government sources: the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection I-94 arrivals program data, Statistics Canada’s International Travel Survey and Banco de Mexico travel data.

(2) 2014 and 2015 arrivals data include a technical-processing change that increases the 1+ night visitor counts for overseas countries compared to previous years (prior to 2014). This processing change does not impact Canada or Mexico visitor counts. Also, the 2014 and 2015 arrivals data include a methodology change where the Country of Citizenship is used as a substitute for those I-94 records with missing Country of Residence data. I-94 arrivals monthly data is released as preliminary data, with these data subject to revisions that may be possible with improved solutions and/or sources discovered during the reported calendar year. For more information about these changes to the monthly I-94 arrivals program, visit the NTTO website at: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i94/description.html.

(3) Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visits to the United States for percent changes posted for year to date 2015 were calculated by comparing data for January - June 2015 to data for January - June 2014. Also, percent changes for June 2015 were calculated by comparing data in June 2015 to data in June 2014.

(4) The nine major overseas regions are: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

(5) Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico.