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January 15, 2015

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP SIX PERCENT IN OCTOBER 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 6.3 million international visitors traveled to the United States in October 2014, a six percent increase over October 2013. October marks the 10th consecutive month of increases in 2014 in total U.S. visits. For the first 10 months of 2014, visitation (62.7 million) was up seven 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 two percent while visits from Mexico increased 15 percent.
  • The United Kingdom (5%), Japan (-3%) and Germany (1%) rounded out the top five.
  • In October 2014, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.
  • Non-resident visitation from five of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.
  • During the first 10 months of 2014, eight of the top 10 countries (sort based on October 2014) posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence % Change October
2014 vs. 2013
  Canada -2%
  Mexico 15%
  United Kingdom 5%
  Japan -3%
  Germany 1%
  Brazil 13%
  France 2%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 21%
  South Korea 14%
  Australia 12%

Regional Markets

  • Eight of the nine major overseas regional markets recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States in October 2014: Western Europe (5%), Asia (7%), South America (4%), Oceania (16%), the Caribbean (20%), Middle East (9%), Central America (18%), and Africa (15%). At the same time, non-resident visits from Eastern Europe were down one percent.

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In October 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (3.0 million) were up seven percent over October 2013, accounting for 48 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • October YTD 2014, overseas resident visits (28.9 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2013.

Top Ports: YTD October 2014

  • YTD October 2014, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits-slightly below last year.
  • The top three ports (New York (JFK), Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 40 percent of all overseas arrivals-nearly one percentage point above last year.
  • Thirteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first 10 months of 2014. Four 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.

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 October 2014 were calculated by comparing data in October 2014 to data in October 2013. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2014 were calculated by comparing data for January - October 2014 to data for January - October 2013.