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October 23, 2014

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP FIVE PERCENT IN JULY 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 7.3 million international visitors traveled to the United States in July 2014, a five percent increase over July 2013. July marks the 7th consecutive month of increases in 2014 in total U.S. visits. For the first seven months of 2014, visitation (41.9 million) was up eight percent compared to the same period in 2013.

HIGHLIGHTS(1)

Top Markets

  • The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada decreased five percent while visits from Mexico increased 16 percent.
  • The United Kingdom (-1%), Japan (-4%) and the People’s Republic of China (22%) rounded out the top five.
  • In July 2014, five of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.
  • Non-resident visitation from three of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.
  • During the first seven months of 2014, eight of the top 10 countries (sort based on July 2014) posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence % Change July
2014 vs. 2013
  Canada -5%
  Mexico 16%
  United Kingdom -1%
  Japan -4%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 22%
  France 7%
  Brazil -1%
  Germany 0%
  South Korea 1%
  Australia 10%

Regional Markets

  • All nine major overseas regional markets recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States in July 2014: Western Europe (+3%), Asia (+8%), South America (+3%), the Caribbean (+25%), Oceania (+11%), Middle East (+48%), Eastern Europe (+11%), Central America (+13%) and Africa (+21%).

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In July 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (3.5 million) were up eight percent over July 2013, accounting for 48 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • July YTD 2014, overseas resident visits (19.3 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2013.

Top Ports: YTD July 2014

  • YTD July 2014, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits-a slight drop below last year.
  • The top three ports (New York (JFK), Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals-close to one percentage point above last year.
  • Fourteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first seven months of 2014. Five of these ports recorded 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-2014-I-001/index.html.

Improved 2014 Summary of International Travel to the United States (I-94 Report)
In 2014, NTTO completed the largest upgrade since 1996 to the Summary of International Travel to the United States report. 2014 improvements include Port of Entry (All Modes) Tables that now include data for seven new U.S. ports and arrivals data for a number of additional overseas countries. The Port of Entry (Air Only) Tables have been enhanced to now include five new U.S. ports, two new regions and arrivals data for an increased number of overseas countries.

The Summary report now has 35 tables highlighting:

  • Month and YTD of arrivals
  • Type of visa (business, pleasure, student)
  • Mode of transportation (air, land, sea)
  • Age of traveler (7 age groupings, mean and median)
  • First Intended Address in the U.S. (or Address while in the U.S.) (U.S. state)
  • U.S. port of entry (main gateway  ports - all modes and air-only)
  • Select percentage change comparisons year-over-year

NTTO believes that the 2014 non-resident arrivals data are the most accurate ever reported. To purchase a subscription to I-94 data, please complete the order form by visiting https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/index.html.

National Travel and Tourism Strategy
In 2012, a Task Force on Travel Competitiveness, chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior, developed the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international opportunities throughout the United States and increase the U.S. market share of worldwide travel. The Tourism Policy Council, chaired by the Department of Commerce, is leading the implementation of the National Strategy through inter-agency working groups, including a Research Working Group chaired by the National Travel and Tourism Office. The I-94 Program supports the National Strategy’s call for expanded metrics on international travel to the United States.  I-94 automation further supports this initiative as it greatly improves the measurement of international visitation data to the United States. To learn more about the National Strategy, you are encouraged to visit https://travel.trade.gov/pdf/national-travel-and-tourism-strategy.pdf. For more information on I-94 automation, please visit www.cbp.gov.


(1) Throughout this report percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for July 2014 were calculated by comparing data in July 2014 to data in July 2013. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2014 were calculated by comparing data for January - July 2014 to data for January - July 2013.