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January 6, 2017

 

 

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION DOWN TWO PERCENT IN JULY 2016(P)

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 7.7 million international visitors(1)(2) traveled to the United States in July 2016, down two percent (-2.0%) from July 2015.

 

In July 2016 the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada were down seven percent (-6.7%) while visits from Mexico grew nine percent (8.5%). The United Kingdom (-9.7%), Japan (-10.2%) and the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (-33.0%) rounded out the top five. Five of the inbound overseas regional markets(3) posted increases in non-resident visits in July 2016, with Western Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Oceania posting declines.

 

For the first seven months of 2016, international visits (42.8 million) were down two percent
(-2.4%) when compared to the same period in 2015.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Top 10 Countries

  • In July 2016 three of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits
  • During the first seven months of 2016, four of the top 10 countries (sort based on July 2016) posted increases in non-resident visits to the United States.

 

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas(4) Countries

  • In July 2016 non-resident visits from overseas countries (3.9 million) dropped four percent (-3.5%) over July 2015, accounting for 51 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • During the first seven months of 2016, non-resident visits from overseas countries(21.3 million) were down one percent (-0.6%) compared to the same period of 2015, accounting for 50 percent of total international visits.
  • Top Ports: Year to Date July 2016

  • Visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 85 percent of all overseas visits, over a half of one percentage point higher than last year.
  • The top three ports (New York JFK, Miami, and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, slightly higher than last year.
  • Nine of the top 15 ports posted single-digit increases in arrivals. One port, Agana, Guam, posted a double-digit increase.
  • Pleasure Travel vs. Business Travel: Year to Date July 2016

  • Of the top 20 overseas countries with visits to the United States, 90 percent or more of the visits recorded from Argentina (93.9%), Venezuela (90.1%), and Ecuador (94.4%) represented pleasure travel to the United States. on the contrary, 20 percent or more of the visits recorded from Germany (24.3%), Italy (20.9%), the Netherlands (23.7%), and Ireland (20.2%) represented business travel to the United States.
  • Of all overseas non-resident visits to the United States, 81.8 percent represented pleasure travel and 14.6 percent represented business travel.
  • Special Note: Preliminary July2016 I-94 Arrivals Data

  • The preliminary July 2016 I-94 arrivals data show an anomaly in the Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) data.
  • Hong Kong recorded a very large increase and the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) recorded a very large decrease.
  • There seems to be a high certainty of a coding problem.
  • While it is our objective to report the monthly I-94 arrivals data in a consistent and accurate format to support the informational needs of the travel industry, we are releasing these preliminary data and will provide revised data as it becomes available.
  • Access to National Travel and Tourism Office Monthly Arrivals Data
    To access international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System, visit the National Travel and Tourism Office I-94 monthly arrivals page at http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2016-I-001/index.asp. Please call Claudia Wolfe at 202-482-4555 or e-mail at claudia.wolfe@trade.gov if you have questions regarding the I-94 Program, especially the current July 2016 data release.

     

    (P) = 2016 I-94 arrivals data are preliminary with these data subject to revisions.

    (1)2016(P) I-94 arrivals data are official, but subject to further revision, if warranted (see special note above). Situations that allow for revision include improved solutions and/or sources discovered by the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security as they complete the automation and migration of records.


    (2)2014, 2015 and 2016 data sets are based on the same criteria, including the same visitor visa types and the 'one night or more' definition of a traveler. In addition, the methodology for identifying travelers with respect to Country of Residence (COR), and infilling records with missing COR data, is consistent for the three years. The years differ only in that 2015 contained more I-94 records as a result of automating the paper I-94 forms. Therefore, 2014, 2015, and 2016 arrivals data are arguably more comprehensive and credible than previous years.


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


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

    Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Travel and Tourism Office as well as Statistics Canada's International Travel Survey and Banco de Mexico travel data.