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March 26, 2014

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP THREE PERCENT IN NOVEMBER 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.4 million international visitors traveled to the United States in November 2013, a three percent increase over November 2012.

In November 2013, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada were down one percent but visits from Mexico increased one percent. Japan (-4.3%), the United Kingdom (5.2%), and Brazil (10.7%) rounded out the top five. All nine inbound overseas regional markets posted increases in non-resident visits in November 2013. Five of the nine inbound regions posted double-digit increases.

For the first 11 months of 2013, international visits (63.9 million) were up five percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Highlights

Top 10 Countries

  • In November 2013, seven of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.
  • During the first 11 months of 2013, all of the top 10 countries (sort based on November 2013) posted increases in non-resident visits to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on November 2013)

Country of Residence % Change November
2013 vs. 2012
% Change YTD November
2013 vs. 2012
  Canada -1% 3%
  Mexico 1% 2%
  Japan -4% 1%
  United Kingdom 5% 2%
  Brazil 11% 15%
  Germany 7% 2%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 22% 23%
  South Korea 7% 9%
  France -1% 3%
  Venezuela 13% 19%

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In November 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.3 million) were up seven percent over November 2012, accounting for 43 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • During the first 11 months of 2013, non-resident visits from overseas countries (29.2 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2012, accounting for 46 percent of total international visits.

Top Ports: YTD November 2013
YTD November 2013, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 83 percent of all overseas visits-the same as last year. The top three ports (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 40 percent of all overseas arrivals-the same as last year. All of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first 11 months of 2013. Three of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to NTTO Data
The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) collect, analyze and disseminate 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 November 2013 were calculated by comparing data in November 2013 to data in November 2012. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2013 were calculated by comparing data January - November 2013 to data January - November 2012.