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Date: Fri, 6 June 2003
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: March & Year-to-Date 2003 International Arrivals Data

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An information service from Office of Travel & Tourism Industries
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce


March & Year-to-Date 2003 International Arrivals Data

Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

Total international arrivals to the U.S. in 2003 began on a positive note, however, looming war and continued airline tribulations, economies with slower than expected economic situations resulted in a decline for the total monthly arrivals for first quarter 2003. The 2003 first quarter total international arrivals (includes overseas, Canadian, and Mexican * arrivals) contracted 8 percent.

The U.S. experienced five straight months of positive gains in international arrivals starting in September 2002 through January 2003, which grew 5 percent. However, February arrivals declined by 2 percent as war loomed, and March arrivals stumbled registering a 20 percent decline in total international arrivals as the Iraq war began.

On the monthly arrivals page for 2003, you will see the arrivals for numerous world regions and countries for the first 3 months of 2003. Also included this month is an analysis of the arrivals for the top markets for the first quarter of 2003. Included is information on the top ports-of-entry for overseas visitors to the U.S.

Please visit our monthly section on arrivals to watch these trends for each of the world regions and 19 select markets generating visitors to the country at:

A new table that has been added to this area of the site provides information on the top ports-of-entry for all overseas visitors for the first two months. This table is to demonstrate the variances that can occur among different areas of the United States compared to the national average of arrivals. Within the 2003 Quarterly Analysis Update section, the analysis for First Quarter - January through March includes an analysis of the top ports for overseas arrivals.

If you are interested in additional information on this program, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html

The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. has almost 30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals to the country. The report provides data on around 90 countries each month, and over 40 ports-of-entry. Numerous breakouts are provided by world region and country for the port tables as well.


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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 7025

Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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