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U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

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December 19, 2005 (corrected on Jan 4, 2006)


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 3.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in September 2005, an increase of almost 9 percent over September 2004. Arrivals were also up 8 percent for the first nine months of 2005 compared to 2004.

To view the U.S. Department of Commerce press release on arrivals, please click on: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/PressReleases/1205/tourism_121505.html (corrected link)

To see the top markets and regional data, please go to:

In addition, the following is a summary of top port arrival activity for the year.


TOP PORTS January – September 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 (which excludes Canada and Mexico) were up seven percent for the first nine months of 2005. Arrivals through the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for 85 percent of all overseas arrivals.

The top three ports of entry (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of all overseas arrivals, basically the same market share percentage registered in 2004.

All top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals for the first nine months of 2005. New York JFK, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston airports all registered double digit increases. In 2005 Chicago O’Hare moved to sixth position, ahead of San Francisco.

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 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/index.html

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