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Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
To: TInews Announcement <tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Subject: October 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Solid Growth Again for the Month and Year-to-Date

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January 14, 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

October 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Solid Growth Again for the Month and Year-to-Date

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 3.1 million international visitors traveled to the United States in October 2004, an increase of almost seven percent over October 2003. Arrivals for the first ten months of 2004 totaled 32.2 million, an increase of 12 percent from the same period last year. The U.S. has experienced growth in visitation for 13 consecutive months.

To find out more about October, and January-October 2004 arrivals to the USA, please refer to U.S. Department of Commerce press release on October arrivals: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/PressReleases/0105/tourism_011405.html

To access 2004 arrivals data for world regions and top markets, visit

In addition, the following information describes top port activity for the first ten months.

TOP PORTS January – October 2004

Arrivals to the USA by port-of-entry is tracked on a monthly basis. OTTI has data on arrivals via over 40 ports of entry, by all world regions and 30 countries. A brief analysis is presented on the top 15 ports for overseas arrivals October 2004 year-to-date.

Overseas arrivals through ports were up 15 percent for the ten months of 2004. Arrivals through the top 15 ports of entry equaled 85 percent of all overseas arrivals through the ten months of 2004, no change from the same period last year. The top three ports of entry (New York – JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 36 percent of all overseas arrivals through ports this year, down one percentage point from the ten months of 2003.

All top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals. Agana (Guam), Newark, Sanford and New York registered the largest increases, at 41 percent, 24 percent, 24 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

New York remains the leading port of entry for the first ten months. Newark jumped from seventh to fifth, ahead of Chicago and San Francisco. Sanford moved up from thirteenth to twelfth, ahead of Boston. Detroit and Houston remained in fourteenth and fifteenth spots, respectively.

To access top port activity, go to:

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 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/index.html


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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