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July 12, 2011

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP 13 PERCENT IN APRIL 2011

SPENDING AT $12.5 BILLION FOR THE MONTH

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in April 2011, a 13 percent increase over April 2010. In April 2011, increases were registered in seven of the nine overseas regions, with declines of four percent in Asia and one percent in the Caribbean. For the first four months of 2011, visitation (18.4 million) was up five percent compared to the same period in 2010.

International visitors spent $12.5 billion in April 2011, 20 percent more than in April 2010. During the first four months of 2011, international visitors spent 13 percent more than they did during the first four months of 2010.

Highlights
Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In April 2011, overseas resident visitation (2.4 million) was up 24 percent over April 2010.
  • April YTD 2011, overseas resident visits (7.8 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2010.

North American Resident Visitation

  • In April 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (1.9 million) were up nine percent and visits from Mexico (1.2 million) were up two percent.
  • April YTD 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (6.5 million) grew six percent while visits from Mexico (4.1 million) declined one percent.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD April 2011)

  • In April 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • April YTD 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD April 2011)

Country of Residence % Change April
2011 vs. 2010
% Change YTD April
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 9% 6%
  Mexico 2% -1%
  United Kingdom 29% 6%
  Japan -13% -4%
  Germany 47% 3%
  Brazil 28% 29%
  France 42% 28%
  South Korea -1% 11%
  Australia 33% 24%
  People's Republic of China
  (EXCL HK)
26% 31%

Top Ports: YTD April 2011
YTD April 2011, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 83 percent of all overseas visits-one percentage point below last year. The top three ports (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, more than one percentage point above last year. Ten of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first four months of 2011. Five of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to OTTI Data
Manufacturing and Services' 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 these data, you are encouraged to visit the OTTI monthly arrivals page at <https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2011-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 April 2011 were calculated by comparing data in April 2011 to data in April 2010. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2011 were calculated by comparing data January - April 2011 to data January - April 2010.