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December 01, 2010

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP 11 PERCENT FOR FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2010

SPENDING AT $100.0 BILLION FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that for the first nine months of 2010, 45.3 million international visitors traveled to the United States, an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2009. In September 2010, 5.1 million international visitors traveled to the United States, an increase of eight percent over September 2009. September 2010 registered the 12th straight month of increases in U.S. arrivals.

International visitors spent $100.0 billion during the first nine months of 2010, 11 percent more than the same period in 2009. In September 2010, international visitors spent $11.7 billion, 17 percent more than in September 2009. September 2010 marks the ninth consecutive month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism-related exports.

Highlights

Overseas Resident Visitation

  • September YTD 2010, overseas resident visits (19.7 million) were up 12 percent compared to the same period 2009.
  • In September 2010, overseas resident visitation (2.4 million) was up 14 percent over September 2009.
  • Compared to the first nine months of 2008, September YTD 2010 overseas resident visits increased two percent.
  • September 2010 overseas resident visits were up nine percent compared to September 2008.

Top 10 Countries

  • In the first nine months of 2010, nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States. September YTD 2010, the United Kingdom posted the only decline, registering a one percent decrease when compared to the same period in 2009.
  • In September 2010, nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation. In September 2010, Mexico posted the only decline, registering a four percent decrease when compared to September 2009.

Top 10 countries

Country of Residence % Change YTD September 2010/2009 % Change September 2010 vs. 2009
Canada 11% 7%
Mexico 10% -4%
United Kingdom -1% 6%
Japan 18% 6%
Germany 3% 8%
France 9% 24%
South Korea 50% 73%
Brazil 37% 41%
Australia 27% 26%
Italy 12% 15%

Top Ports
In September 2010, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 81 percent of all overseas visits-more than two and one-half percentage points lower than last year. The top three ports (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of all overseas arrivals, more than one percentage point below September 2009. Thirteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals in September 2010. Six of these ports posted double-digit increases. This upturn in the total of overseas arrivals reverses the majority of the declines registered in September 2009.

Access to OTTI Data
Industry & Analysis’ Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. OTTI produces visitation data tables, including a more detailed region, country and port analyses. To access this data, you are encouraged to visit the OTTI monthly arrivals page at <https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2010-I-001/index.html>.

National Export Initiative
To improve conditions that directly affect the private sector’s ability to export and to boost employment recovery, on March 11, 2010 President Obama created the National Export Initiative (NEI). The automation of the arrival/departure form [CBP Form I-94W] for Visa Waiver Program travelers supports this initiative as the automated form will greatly improve the measurement of international arrival data to the United States. To learn more about the NEI, you are encouraged to visit <https://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>.


Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for September 2010 were calculated by comparing data in September 2010 to data in September 2009. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2010 were calculated by comparing data January-September 2010 to data January-September 2009.