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February 12, 2014

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP SEVEN PERCENT IN JUNE 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in June 2013, a seven percent increase over June 2012.

In June 2013, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada were up six percent and visits from Mexico increased six percent. The United Kingdom (-0.2%), Japan (0.4%) and Germany (0.9%) rounded out the top five. Six of the nine inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in non-resident visits in June 2013. Five of the nine inbound regions posted double-digit increases.

For the first six months of 2013, international visits (31.8 million) were up 5.2 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Highlights

Top 10 Countries

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

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on June 2013)

Country of Residence % Change June
2013 vs. 20112
% Change YTD June
2013 vs. 2012
  Canada 6% 6%
  Mexico 6% -2%
  United Kingdom 0% 0%
  Japan 0% 3%
  Germany 1% 1%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 28% 25%
  Brazil 16% 20%
  South Korea 11% 7%
  Australia 14% 10%
  France -1% -1%

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In June 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.8 million) were up eight percent over June 2012, accounting for 51 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • During the first six months of 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (14.6 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2012, accounting for 46 percent of total international visits.

Top Ports: YTD June 2013
YTD June 2013, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 84 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-slightly more than last year. All of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first six 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 NTTO 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 greatly improves 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 June 2013 were calculated by comparing data in June 2013 to data in June 2012. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2013 were calculated by comparing data January - June 2013 to data January - June 2012.