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||May 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. –
Double Digit Growth Continues
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August 12, 2004
Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
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May 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Double Digit
The U.S. welcomed 3.2 million international visitors in May, a 20 percent
increase over May 2003. This contributed to a total of 14.5 million arrivals
for the first five months of 2004, up 17 percent from last year.
Visitation from all regions to the U.S. improved, as follows:
- Overseas travelers (not inclusive of Canada and Mexico) increased
by 24 percent in May, totaling 1.7 million, with positive contributions
coming from all world regions. Overseas arrivals in the first five months
of 2004 totaled 7.7 million, an increase of 20 percent.
- Western Europe visitation was up 17 percent for the month, with significant
growth in arrivals from all countries. Travel from the region year-to-date
2004 registered 3.6 million, up almost 19 percent.
- Asian visitation increased by 54 percent for May. There were 2.3
million Asian travelers in the first five months of 2004, up 30 percent.
- Latin American visitation was up, with South and Central America
having increased by 12 and nine percent, respectively, for May. Arrivals
from the Caribbean were up by seven percent. Year-to-date the three
regions were up 11 percent, five percent and 14 percent respectively.
- Other overseas regions experiencing May growth were: Eastern Europe,
up six percent; Africa, up eight percent; Oceania, up 33 percent; and
arrivals from the Middle East up by seven percent. For the first five
months, the remaining four regions registered an 11 percent; eight percent,
29 percent, and 12 percent change respectively.
- North American (Canada and Mexico) arrivals increased for both the
month and the first five months of 2004 (see below).
Salient top market results are as follows:
- Canadian arrivals increased by 20 percent in May. Visitation totaled
5.5 million for the first five months of 2004, a 15 percent increase
from the first five months of 2003.
- Arrivals from Mexico (those traveling to interior U.S. points) increased
by almost three percent for the month. Visitation year-to-date 2004
registered at 1.4 million, up by nine percent.
- Japanese visitors totaled 295,000, up 65 percent in May. The first
five months of 2004 increased by 33 percent. The almost 1.5 million
arrivals from Japan accounted for 64 percent of all Asian visitors in
the first five months of 2004.
- United Kingdom visitation increased by six percent in May, with 334,000
arrivals. This marked the fifteenth monthly increase since the beginning
of 2003. The first five months of 2004 were up 14 percent.
- German visitors increased by almost 28 percent in May. Arrivals for
the first five months of 2004 totaled 520,000, up 22 percent, and a
substantial improvement over the first five months of 2003, which were
down 3 percent from 2002.
- All but two of the remaining top twenty travel-generating countries
reported double-digit growth in May. From Europe, France was up 22 percent;
Italy, up 29 percent; the Netherlands, up 28 percent; Ireland, up 43
percent; Spain, up 36 percent; and Sweden, up 30 percent. From Asia,
arrivals from South Korea were up three percent; PRC/Hong Kong, up 120
percent; India, up 23 percent; and Taiwan, up 173 percent. From Oceania,
Australian arrivals increased 38 percent. The Latin American countries
Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela increased by 10 percent, 11 percent and
eight percent, respectively. Arrivals from Israel, in the Middle East,
increased by ten percent. The year-to-date figures may be found on the
OTTI website, or by purchasing the monthly arrivals report. Not all
of the figures are posted to the website.
- The January 5, 2004 U.S. Department of Homeland Security implementation
of the US–VISIT border management program, in
which biometric identifiers are captured from those visitors who require
a visa to enter the U.S. at major U.S. ports of entry, again did not
appear to deter travel from non-Visa Waiver country travelers. In fact,
May arrivals from the non-Visa Waiver countries were up 18 percent,
significant growth albeit below the 28 percent growth among the Visa
Waiver countries. Specific examples of non-Visa Waiver countries’
growth in arrivals are listed in the previous paragraph for Asia and
Latin America. In May, Visa Waiver countries accounted for two-thirds
of all overseas arrivals.
Top Ports - May 2004 Year-to-date
- Arrivals at the top 15 ports of entry totaled 86 percent of all overseas
arrivals from January through May 2004 compared to the first five months
of 2003. Top port overseas arrivals for May year-to-date, were up 20
percent, the same as the increase in all overseas arrivals. The top
three ports-of-entry (New York – JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted
for 38 percent of all overseas arrivals to the U.S. This was same as
for 2003 year-to-date.
- Every one of the fifteen top airports posted increased arrivals.
- The largest increases were registered at Agana, Guam, Newark, Orlando
and New York JFK, with 66 percent, 32 percent, 27 percent and 26 percent,
- New York JFK moved up to the leading port-of-entry displacing Miami.
Newark moved up the fifth place, ahead of San Francisco and Chicago.
Boston displaced Detroit from the 13th spot.
To learn more about the markets that generated arrivals to the top 15
airports, and 25 other ports, by 10 world regions and 30 countries, you
may wish to consider purchasing the monthly arrivals report, see below.
To see the official U.S. Department of Commerce press release on the
May 2004 arrivals, go to: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/PressReleases/0704/tourism_072904.html
To access the monthly arrival tables for the 11 world regions and 19
countries of residence, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/index.html
For a more in-depth analysis of arrivals by top ports for the first five
months of 2004 please go to https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/port_entry04.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 arrivals reports
for 2003 and 2004, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/index.html
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