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August 8, 2005

Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
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Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887


The U.S. Department of Commerce released figures today that show over 12 million international visitors traveled to the United States during the first four months of 2005, an increase of eight percent over the same period in 2004. Arrivals were down by four percent in April 2005 compared to last year due to the impact of Easter traffic in April 2004. The impact was most significant in the Mexican market.

Highlights of April 2005 and YTD International Arrivals to the United States

  • Canadian visitation grew by two percent during April and eight percent through the first four months of 2005 as compared to 2004.
  • Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) were down 41 percent in April, reflecting a change in the Easter holiday. Overall, year-to-date Mexican arrivals were up by eight percent.
  • Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) increased two percent over April of last year and seven percent for the year-to-date.
  • Visitation from Western Europe saw a slight decline from last April, but visitation for the year still remains up by eight percent.
  • Visitation from the United Kingdom decreased by roughly seven percent for the month but the year remains up by four percent from 2004.
  • German arrivals were also down for April, (nearly six percent) as compared to April of last year. Year-to-date visitation still remains up by seven percent.
  • Visitation from Asia increased almost eight percent for April and five percent for the year-to-date. Japanese arrivals increased by nearly six percent for the month and four percent for the year. Japanese visitors accounted for roughly 65 percent of all Asian visitors for 2005 thus far.
  • South America saw a growth of two percent and nine percent in visitation for April and the year-to-date, respectively. Central America saw a two percent decrease for April, but remains up by10 percent for the year. Strong growth was noted from Brazil, who saw increases of nearly 27 percent for the month.
  • The number of travelers from Oceania increased six percent for April and is up 10 percent from last year; Australia registered an increase of nearly five percent for the month of April.

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 April 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 four months of 2005. Arrivals through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 87 percent of all overseas arrivals.

The top three ports of entry (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accrued 38 percent of all overseas arrivals this year, on par with the market share registered in 2004.

All top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals for the first four months of 2005. JFK, Newark, Atlanta, and Washington Dulles all registered double digit increases.

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