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October 26, 2005

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


The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that 4.6 million international visitors traveled to the United States during July 2005, an increase of almost 10 percent over July 2004. Arrivals were up by eight percent year-to-date. The U.S. has experienced an overall sustained growth in international visitation since the fourth quarter of 2003.

To view the U.S. Department of Commerce press release on arrivals, please click on: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/PressReleases/1005/tourism_101105.html

To see the top markets and regional data, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2005-I-001/index.html

In addition, the following summarizes top port arrival activity for the year.

TOP PORTS January – July 2005

Arrivals to the USA by port-of-entry are tracked on a monthly basis. DOC has arrival data on more than 40 U.S. ports of entry from all world regions and 30 countries. A brief analysis is presented on the top 15 ports for overseas arrivals during 2005.

Overseas arrivals were up seven percent for the first seven months of 2005. Arrivals through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 85 percent of all overseas arrivals.

The top three ports of entry (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accrued 37 percent of all overseas arrivals, the same percentage as the market share registered in 2004.

All top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals for the first seven months of 2005. JFK, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston airports all registered double digit increases. In 2005 Chicago O’Hare moved to sixth position, ahead of San Francisco. Boston moved up to 12th position in front of Sanford, FL.

To access top port activity, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2005-I-001/port_entry05.html

SOURCE: 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 more than 40 ports of entry. Numerous breakouts are provided by world region and country for the port tables as well.

To find out 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, 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
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1003
Washington, D.C. 20230

E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

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