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February 01, 2011

International Visitation Up 10 Percent for the First 11 Months of 2010

Spending at $122.7 Billion for the First 11 Months

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that for the first 11 months of 2010, 55.0 million international visitors traveled to the United States, a 10 percent increase over the same period in 2009. In November 2010, 4.6 million international visitors traveled to the United States, an increase of three percent over November 2009. November 2010 registered the 14th straight month of increases in total U.S. arrivals.

International visitors spent $122.7 billion during the first 11 months of 2010, 11 percent more than the same period in 2009. In November 2010, international visitors spent $11.4 billion, 14 percent more than in November 2009. November 2010 marks the 11th consecutive month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism-related exports. Total travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, $1.4 billion a month in 2010.

Highlights

Overseas Resident Visitation

  • November YTD 2010, overseas resident visits (24.1 million) were up 12 percent compared to the same period 2009.
  • In November 2010, overseas resident visitation (2.0 million) was up 11 percent over November 2009.
  • Compared to the first 11 months of 2008, November YTD 2010 overseas resident visits increased four percent. November 2010 overseas resident visits were up 10 percent compared to November 2008.
  • Compared to the first 11 months of 2000, overseas resident visits were up one percent.

Top 10 Countries

  • In the first 11 months of 2010, nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States. November YTD 2010, the United Kingdom posted the only decline, registering a one percent decrease when compared to the same period in 2009.
  • In November 2010, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation for the month. However, for the month, visitation from Mexico declined 15 percent, and visits from the United Kingdom dropped one percent.
Country of Residence % Change YTD
November 2010/2009
% Change
November 2010 vs. 2009
Canada 11% 10%
Mexico 6% -15%
United Kingdom -1% -1%
Japan 17% 14%
Germany 3% 1%
France 12% 25%
Brazil 35% 29%
South Korea 53% 62%
Australia 25% 15%
Italy 12% 22%

Top Ports: YTD November 2010
YTD November 2010, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits-three percentage points lower than last year. The top three ports (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 38 percent of all overseas arrivals, more than one percentage point below last year. Twelve of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first 11 months of 2010. Six of these ports posted double-digit increases.

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 November 2010 were calculated by comparing data in November 2010 to data in November 2009. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2010 were calculated by comparing data January - November 2010 to data January - November 2009.