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Date: Mon, 5 May 2003
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
To: TInews Announcement <tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Subject: January/February & Year-to-Date 2003 International Arrivals Data

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


January/February & 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

The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries is proud to announce the earliest release of the monthly arrivals data with the January-February 2003 posting to our web site. Having this data one month earlier than in the past enables the industry to be able to gauge the market fluctuations in a more timely manner.

The results show that total monthly arrivals have increased by two percent for the first two months of 2003. This positive report was primarily attributable to a strong January (up 5%) to counter a weak February (down 2%). In 2002, the country posted double digit declines for January and February.

With the Iraqi War in April 2003, OTTI anticipates declines in March and further downturns in arrivals for the next several months. According to the Air Transport Association, the total enplacements for U.S. citizens and non-citizens for March, 2003 were down 6 percent. European air traffic had declined by 16 percent, and the Pacific traffic was down 7 percent.

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: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2003-I-001/index.html

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.

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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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2073
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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