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October 22, 2013

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION DOWN TWO PERCENT IN APRIL 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.6 million international visitors traveled to the United States in April 2013, a two percent decrease over April 2012. In April 2013, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada were flat while visits from Mexico decreased 11 percent. The United Kingdom (-2.0%), Japan (-0.3%) and France (-2.9%) rounded out the top five. Six of the inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in non-resident visits in April 2013. Four of those regions posted double-digit increases.

Part of the decrease in international visitation in April 2013 was expected since the Easter/Passover holidays occurred on March 31 in 2013 compared to April 8 in 2012.

For the first four months of 2013, international visits (20.6 million) were up 4.2 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Highlights
Top 10 Countries

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

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on April 2013)

Country of Residence % Change April
2013 vs. 20112
% Change YTD April
2013 vs. 2012
  Canada 0% 6%
  Mexico -11% -3%
  United Kingdom -2% -1%
  Japan 0% 4%
  France -3% -3%
  Brazil 15% 18%
  Germany -3% -1%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 13% 24%
  Australia 8% 6%
  South Korea 4% 4%

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In April 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.4 million) were up two percent over April 2012, accounting for 43 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • During the first four months of 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (9.0 million) were up seven percent compared to the same period of 2012, accounting for 44 percent of total international visits.

Top Ports: YTD April 2013
YTD April 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 (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, almost half of a percentage point more than last year. Fourteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first four months of 2013. Three of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to NTTO Data
The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. NTTO 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 April 2013 were calculated by comparing data in April 2013 to data in April 2012. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2013 were calculated by comparing data January - April 2013 to data January - April 2012.