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Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: 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
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
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 year-to-date decline.
  • 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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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 7025
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(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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