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Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003
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Subject: International Arrivals to the U.S. for September, 3rd Quarter and Year-to-date 2003

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December 22, 2003

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

International Arrivals to the U.S. for September, 3rd Quarter and Year-to-date 2003

International travel to the U.S. declined 4 percent in September contributing to a 3 percent drop for the third quarter and an overall 6 percent decline year-to-date.

During September the U.S. welcomed 3 million international tourists, a 4 percent decline from last year. However, this decline was driven by an 8 percent drop in arrivals from Canada. It should be noted that many other regions improved.

During third quarter there were 10.7 million arrivals, down 3 percent from last year. This was a marked improvement over the first two quarters of this year, down 8 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Total year-to-date arrivals of 25.8 million were down 6 percent.

Regional market results are as follows:

  • Total Overseas (excluding Canada and Mexico) arrivals declined 1 percent in September 2003 with 1.7 million, up from the 5 percent decline in August.
  • During third quarter 5.3 million arrivals represented a 4 percent decline from 2002. This was the strongest quarterly performance during the year in that the first two quarters were down 8 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
  • Year-to-date 2003 Overseas arrivals of 13 million were down 9 percent.
  • Western Europe, up 2 percent, showed the strongest results among the major world regions in September. Third quarter was up 1 percent, an improvement over the first two quarters. Year-to-date 2003 arrivals of 6 million were down 1 percent
  • Asian arrivals continued to decline, at a lesser rate, in September, down 5 percent. Third quarter results were down 9 percent, an improvement over the first two quarters that were down 7 percent and 34 percent, respectively. Year-to-date 2003 arrivals of 3.6 million were down 16 percent
Salient top market results are as follows:
  • Canadian arrivals declined by 8 percent in September, the largest monthly decline since May. The third quarter drop of 3 percent was still an improvement over the 7 percent decline in the second quarter. Year-to-date arrivals of 9.9 million were down 4 percent.
  • Mexican arrivals declined 1 percent in September. Third quarter performance was flat compared to the volatility of the first two quarters, down 27 percent and up 19 percent, respectively. Year-to-date arrivals, 2.8 million, were down 3 percent.
  • Japanese visitors totaled 352,000, a drop of 7 percent for the month. The monthly decline in Japanese tourists has been lessening and September showed the best performance since February. Third quarter decline of 12 percent was a great improvement over the 37 percent drop in second quarter. Year-to-date arrivals of 2.2 million were down by 18 percent over the first nine months of 2002.
  • Arrivals from the United Kingdom were up 5 percent in September with 371,000 visitors. The third quarter increase of 3 percent was down from second quarter’s 6 percent increase. Year-to-date arrivals from the U.K. were 2.8 million, up 2 percent.
  • German arrivals dropped by 5 percent in September contributing to a third quarter decline of 1 percent. The third quarter showed an improvement over the first two quarters that were down 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Year-to-date arrivals of 863,000 were down by 3 percent.
  • Italy and Spain increased 13 percent and 15 percent, respectively, in September 2003. On a year-to-date basis, arrivals for Italy were down 4 percent and up slightly (1 percent) for Spain.
  • Other of the top 20 overseas markets to show growth for September 2003 were South Korea, 2 percent, Brazil, 9 percent, Taiwan, 6 percent, and Argentina, 17 percent.
For a more in-depth analysis of September, 3rd quarter and year-to-date arrival data please go to: http://ti-dev.eainet.com/view/m-2003-I-001/third_quarter03.html.

To access the monthly arrivals data that provides arrival totals and percent change for 11 world regions and 19 countries, go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2003-I-001/index.html

Top Ports January-September 2003

  • Arrivals at the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for 85 percent of all overseas arrivals in the January-September 2003 time frame. Total overseas arrivals, year-to-date were down 9 percent approximating the decline at the top port level. The top three ports-of-entry (New York - JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of all overseas arrivals to the U.S.
  • New York's JFK Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Newark, Boston and Detroit all registered declines less than the national average.
  • Orlando and Sanford, Florida airports were the top 15 airports that posted increases in arrivals year-to-date 2003.
  • Agana, Guam continued to register the largest contraction, 30 percent.
  • New York JFK held on as the leading port of entry year-over-year, maintaining its lead over Miami for the last four months. Chicago held onto position five and Newark moved up into seventh place. Washington D.C. displaced Atlanta from position nine. Sanford moved back up to position thirteen, displacing Detroit.

The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. report has approximately 30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals to the country. The report provides data on approximately 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. To learn more about this program, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html

If you would like to purchase the monthly international arrival reports for 2002 and 2003, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/upcoming/index.html

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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
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(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
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