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Date: Mon, 28 June 2004
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Subject: April 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Double Digit Growth Continues

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June 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

April 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. - Double Digit Growth Continues

The U.S. welcomed 3.4 million international visitors in April, a 28 percent increase over April 2003. This total bolstered the 16 percent increase for the first four months of 2004 over 2003, which totaled 11.4 million arrivals.


Visitation from all regions to the U.S. improved, as follows:

  • Overseas travelers (not including Canada and Mexico) increased by 33 percent in April, totaling 1.7 million, with positive contributions coming from all world regions. Overseas arrivals in the first four months of 2004 totaled 6.0 million, an increase of 19 percent.
  • Western Europe visitation was up 26 percent for the month, with significant growth in arrivals from all countries. Travel for the first four months of 2004 registered 2.8 million, up 19 percent.
  • Asian visitation increased by 68 percent for April. There were 1.8 million Asian travelers in the first four months of 2004, up 24 percent.
  • Latin American visitation was up, with South and Central America having increased by 21 and 8 percent, respectively, for April. Arrivals from the Caribbean were up by 26 percent.
  • Other overseas regions experiencing April growth were: Eastern Europe, up 23 percent; Africa, up 25 percent; Oceania, up 43 percent; and arrivals from the Middle East up by 13 percent.
  • North American (Canada and Mexico) arrivals increased for both the month and the first four months of 2004 (see below).
Salient top market results are as follows:
  • Canadian arrivals increased by 25 percent in April. Visitation totaled 4.3 million for the first four months of 2004, an almost 14 percent increase from the first four months of 2003.
  • Arrivals from Mexico (those traveling to interior U.S. points) increased by 16 percent for the month. Visitation for the first four months of 2004 registered at 1.1 million, up by 10 percent.
  • Japanese visitors totaled 263,000, up nearly 78 percent in April. The first four months of 2004 increased by 26 percent. The 1.2 million arrivals from Japan accounted for nearly two-thirds of all Asian visitors in the first four months of 2004.
  • United Kingdom visitation increased by 19 percent in April, with 424,000 arrivals. This marked the fourteenth monthly increase since the beginning of 2003. The first four months of 2004 were up nearly 17 percent.
  • German visitors increased by 20 percent in April. Arrivals for the first four months of 2004 totaled 382,000, up 20 percent, and a substantial improvement over the first four months of 2003, which were down 2 percent from 2002.
  • All but two of the remaining top twenty travel-generating countries reported double-digit growth in April. From Europe, France was up 29 percent; Italy, up 40 percent; the Netherlands, up 38 percent; Ireland, up 57 percent; Spain, up 66 percent; and Sweden, up 46 percent. From Asia, arrivals from South Korea were up 22 percent; PRC/Hong Kong, up 99 percent; India, up 33 percent; and Taiwan, up 98 percent. From Oceania, Australian arrivals increased 45 percent. The Latin American countries Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela increased by 41 percent, 4 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Arrivals from Israel, in the Middle East, dropped 6 percent.
  • 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, April arrivals from the non-Visa Waiver countries were up 28 percent, significant growth albeit below the 36 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.

    To access the monthly arrivals tables for the 11 world regions and 19 countries of residence, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/index.html

    For a more in-depth analysis of arrivals by top ports for the first four months of 2004 please go to http://tinet.ita.doc.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: http://tinet.ita.doc.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
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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