July 19, 2017
INTERNATIONAL VISITATION DECLINES BY 5% IN DECEMBER 2016(P)
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 6.0 million international visitors(1)(2) traveled to the United States in December 2016, down slightly (-294,733 visitors) from December 2015.
In December 2016 the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada grew 0.5 percent while visits from Mexico decreased 9.6 percent. The United Kingdom (-5.8%), Japan (-4.4%), and the People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (+13.9%) rounded out the top five. Only one of the top inbound overseas regional markets(3) - Asia - posted increases in non-resident visits in December 2016, with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, South America, Central America, Oceania, the Caribbean, and Africa all posting declines.
For the calendar year 2016, international visits (75.6 million) were down two percent
(-2.4%) when compared to the same period in 2015.
Top 10 Countries
Non-Resident Visits from Overseas(4) Countries
Top Ports: Year to Date December 2016
Pleasure Travel vs. Business Travel: Year to Date December 2016
Access to National Travel and Tourism Office Monthly Arrivals Data
To access international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System, visit the National Travel and Tourism Office I-94 monthly arrivals page at https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2016-I-001/index.asp
(P) = 2016 I-94 arrivals data are preliminary with these data subject to revisions.
(1)2016(P) I-94 arrivals data are official, but subject to further revision, if warranted (see ‘Special Note’ this month). Situations that allow for revision include improved solutions and/or sources discovered by the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security as they complete the automation and migration of records.
(2)2014, 2015 and 2016 data sets are based on the same criteria, including the same visitor visa types and the ‘one night or more’ definition of a traveler. In addition, the methodology for identifying travelers with respect to Country of Residence (COR), and infilling records with missing COR data, is consistent for the three years. The years differ only in that 2015 contained more I-94 records as a result of automating the paper I-94 forms. Therefore, 2014, 2015, and 2016 arrivals data are arguably more comprehensive and credible than previous years.
(3)The nine major overseas regions are: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
(4)Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico.
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Travel and Tourism Office as well as Statistics Canada’s International Travel Survey and Banco de Mexico travel data.