TI News: An information service from the National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO)
June 1, 2015
2014 International Visitation to the United States Report
The U.S. Department of Commerce today released its 2014 report on International Visitation to the United States, which is now available on the National Travel and Tourism Office website https://travel.trade.gov.
The report on 2014 International Visitation to the United States includes a brief analysis, 12 separate tables, charts and graphs outlining international visitor volume data for the following:
- Total International Arrivals
- Top Overseas Regions
- Top 50 Markets
- Top Markets Share of Total Arrivals
- Comparison of Pleasure to Business Visitors
- Top Ports-of-Entry
Highlights(1) from the 2014 International Visitation to the United States Report
- 2014 international visitation sets a new record to support the National Travel and Tourism Strategy.
- The United States welcomed nearly 75 million international visitors in 2014, five million more than the year before-a seven percent increase over 2013.
- In 2014, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico.
- Non-resident visits from Canada dropped two percent.
- Mexico, with 17.3 million visits, grew 19 percent.
- All inbound overseas regional markets posted record level visits to the United States.
- Western Europe and Asia each grew six percent.
- Non-resident visits from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain spurred Western Europe to surpass its previous record set in 2008.
- Visits from the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong), South Korea and India contributed to Asia’s six percent increase.
- South America increased seven 16 percent.
- Oceana follows with a nine percent gain.
- The Caribbean and the Middle East each jumped 16 percent.
- Eastern Europe expanded 10 percent.
- Central America increased 12 percent.
- Africa was up 17 percent.
- Annual overseas visits (excluding Canada and Mexico) totaled a record 34.4 million during 2014, up seven percent over 2012.
- In 2014, travel from overseas markets accounted for 46 percent of total non-resident visits to the United States.
- Thirty-four of the top 48 overseas markets set new visitation records in 2014.
To view or download a PDF version of the report, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/inbound.general_information.inbound_overview.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 http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/i-94-instructions.
(1) Percent changes registered for international visitation to the United States for 2014 were calculated by comparing data for January - December 2014 to data for January - December 2013.