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||November 2003 International Arrivals to the U.S. –
Significant Growth in Most Major Markets
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January 28, 2004
Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887
November 2003 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Significant
Growth in Most Major Markets
In November, the U.S. welcomed 2.7 million international visitors, a
seven percent increase over last year, marking the second
consecutive month of positive growth in 2003. Year-to-date arrivals through
November totaled 31.5 million visitors. The accumulated growth rate of
inbound travel year-to-date now stands at less than negative five percent,
a one basis point improvement from October.
Most regions showed improvement, as follows:
- Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) in November totaled
1.5 million, up four percent, contributing to the second consecutive
month of positive growth in 2003. Year-to-date visitations of 16.3 million
were down less than seven percent, a one basis point improvement over
October year-to-date totals.
- Western Europe, up over seven percent, showed the strongest growth
among the major world regions in November. Year-to-date arrivals of
7.5 million were up slightly. For the first time this year the region
showed accumulated positive growth.
- Asian visitation grew by one percent during the month, the first positive
growth since January. Year-to-date 2003 arrivals of 4.5 million were
down 14 percent, a one basis point improvement over October’s
- Other regions that experienced growth were: Eastern Europe, up six
percent, the Middle East, up 13 percent, Africa, up two percent, Oceania,
up 10 percent and the Caribbean, up four percent. South and Central
America, however, were in decline by four percent and two percent, respectively.
Salient top market contributions are as follows:
- Canadian arrivals jumped by 11 percent in November, building on the
previous month’s one percent increase. Year-to-date visitation
of 11.9 million was down two percent, a one basis point improvement
from the previous month.
- Arrivals from Mexico exhibited double-digit growth also, up 13 percent
for the month. Year-to-date visitation, registered at 3.3 million, was
down by less than two percent.
- Japanese visitors to the U.S. totaled 300,000, up three percent, the
best monthly performance since February. Year-to-date arrivals of 2.8
million were down by 15 percent, a one basis point improvement from
October year-to-date totals.
- United Kingdom visitation increased by five percent in November, with
352,000 arrivals. This marked the ninth monthly increase this year.
Year-to-date U.K. arrivals totaled 3.6 million, up over 3 percent.
- German travel to the U.S. exhibited strong growth, up 10 percent,
for the month. Year-to-date arrivals passed the 1.0 million level and
were down by one percent.
- Also, in November significant growth occurred in travel originating
from Italy, Spain, Sweden, Australia and Brazil, with increases of 12
percent, 11 percent, 14 percent, 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively.
On a year-to-date basis, arrivals from Italy were flat, from Spain were
up four percent, from Sweden up two percent, from Australia down two
percent, and down 17 percent from Brazil.
- Other top 20 overseas markets that grew during November were France,
up five percent showing the first positive growth since February, Switzerland,
three percent and the PRC/Hong Kong increased almost two percent, the
first positive growth since January. Arrivals from South Korea, however,
dropped 16 percent.
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-November 2003
- Arrivals at the top 15 ports of entry continued to account
for 85 percent of all overseas arrivals in the January-November 2003
time frame. Total overseas arrivals, year-to-date, as reported above,
were down seven 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 and Boston
all registered declines of less than seven percent.
- Orlando and Sanford, Florida airports were the only two of
the top fifteen airports to post year-to-date increases in arrivals.
Newark has now approached flat growth for the year.
- Agana, Guam continued to register the largest contraction,
at 26 percent.
- New York JFK Airport held on as the leading port of entry
for the last six months. Chicago O’Hare held onto fifth position
and Washington, D.C. Dulles remains in position nine. Sanford continued
in position thirteen, having displaced Detroit and Houston.
To access top port activity, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2003-I-001/port_entry03.html
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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