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August 11, 2011

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP THREE PERCENT IN MAY 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.2 million international visitors traveled to the United States in May 2011, a three percent increase over May 2010. For the first five months of 2011, visitation (23.7 million) was up five percent compared to the same period in 2010.

Highlights
Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In May 2011, overseas resident visitation (2.3 million) was up two percent over May 2010.
  • May YTD 2011, overseas resident visits (10.1 million) were up six percent compared to the same period of 2010.
  • In May 2011, increases were registered in six of the nine overseas regions.
  • May YTD 2011, increases were registered in seven overseas regions.

North American Resident Visitation

  • In May 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (1.8 million) were up four percent and visits from Mexico (1.1 million) were up three percent.
  • May YTD 2011, non-resident visits from Canada (8.3 million) increased six percent while visits from Mexico (5.3 million) were flat for the year.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD May 2011)

  • In May 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • May YTD 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States, with visits from Mexico flat for the year.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on YTD May 2011)

Country of Residence % Change May
2011 vs. 2010
% Change YTD May
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 4% 6%
  Mexico 3% 0%
  United Kingdom 1% 5%
  Japan -17% -7%
  Germany -5% 1%
  Brazil 21% 27%
  France 13% 24%
  South Korea 2% 9%
  Australia 26% 25%
  People's Republic of China
  (EXCL HK)
43% 34%

 

Top Ports: YTD May 2011
YTD May 2011, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 83 percent of all overseas visits, nearly one percentage point below last year. The top three ports (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, nearly two percentage points above last year. Ten of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first five months of 2011. Four 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 May 2011 were calculated by comparing data in May 2011 to data in May 2010. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2011 were calculated by comparing data January - May 2011 to data January - May 2010.