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August 15, 2013

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP SIX PERCENT IN FEBRUARY 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.4 million international visitors traveled to the United States in February 2013, a six percent increase over February 2012. February 2013 registered the 23rd straight month of increases in total U.S. visits.

In February 2013, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada increased seven percent while visits from Mexico dropped one percent. Japan (+6%) the United Kingdom (-5%) and Brazil (+11%) rounded out the top five. Eight of the top inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in non-resident visits in February 2013 with Western Europe posting the only decline, dropping two percent.

For the first two months of 2013, international visits (9.2 million) were up four percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Highlights
Top 10 Countries

  • In February 2013, five of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.
  • During the first two months of 2013, six of the top 10 countries (sort based on February 2013) posted increases in non-resident visits to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on February 2013)

Country of Residence % Change February
2013 vs. 20112
% Change YTD February
2013 vs. 2012
  Canada 7% 5%
  Mexico -1% -3%
  Japan 6% 5%
  United Kingdom -5% -3%
  Brazil 11% 16%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 85% 29%
  Germany -5% -5%
  South Korea -2% 4%
  France -14% -10%
  Australia 6% 5%

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In February 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.0 million) were up eight percent over February 2012, accounting for 45 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • During the first two months of 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (4.0 million) were up seven percent compared to the same period of 2012, accounting for 44 percent of total international visits.

Top Ports: YTD February 2013
YTD February 2013, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 85 percent of all overseas visits-the same as last year. The top three ports (Miami, New York and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, a little more than half a percentage point more than last year. Fourteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first two months of 2013. 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-2013-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). I-94 automation supports this initiative as it will greatly improve the measurement of international visitation data to the United States. To learn more about the NEI, you are encouraged to visit <https://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>. For more information on I-94 automation, please visit <www.cbp.gov>.


Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for February 2013 were calculated by comparing data in February 2013 to data in February 2012. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2013 were calculated by comparing data January - February 2013 to data January - February 2012.