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March 31, 2011

2010 Releases on International Visitation to the United States
and Fast Facts on the Travel and Tourism Industry

The U.S. Department of Commerce today released its 2010 reports on International Visitation to the United States and Fast Facts for the U.S. travel and tourism industry, which are now both available on the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries website.

The report on 2010 International Visitation to the United States includes a brief analysis, 15 separate tables, charts and graphs outlining international visitor volume data for the following:

  • Total International Arrivals
  • Top Overseas Regions
  • Top 50 Markets
  • Comparison of Pleasure to Business Visitors
  • Top Ports-of-Entry

Highlights from the 2010 International Visitation to the United States report include:

  • 2010 international visitation set a new record to support the National Export Initiative.
  • The United States welcomed 60 million international visitors in 2010, 5 million more than the year before.
  • In 2010, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico, both of which were up in arrivals along with eight of the nine overseas regional markets.
    • Non-resident visits from Canada, which set a record in 2010, and Mexico were up 11 percent and one percent, respectively.
    • Four regional markets brought in record levels of visitors to the United States in 2010: South America, Oceania, Middle East and Africa.
    • Asia, South America, Oceania and the Middle East experienced the strongest growth in 2010, due in part to record level arrival totals from Brazil, South Korea, Australia, China, India and Colombia.
  • Annual overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) totaled 26.4 million during 2010, up 11 percent from 2009.
    • In 2010, travel from overseas markets accounted for 44 percent of total arrivals to the United States.
    • Overseas travel was up one percent from its peak in 2000, creating a new record level of overseas visits for the United States.
    • Seventeen of the top 50 overseas markets set new visitation records in 2010.

The Fast Facts: United States Travel and Tourism Industry - 2010 report is a one page summary of key information on the impact of travel and tourism on the U.S. economy. This report includes aggregate data on:

  • Employment
  • Market Share
  • Receipts
  • Visitation

To view or download a PDF version of either report, go to: <https://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/inbound.general_information.inbound_overview.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, allowing the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries to track and report on key markets generating visitors to the United States, supports this initiative as the automated form greatly improves 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>.