1997 Profile of Overseas Travelers to the U.S. - Inbound Reported from: Survey of International Air Travelers (IFS)
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Posted November 1998

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OVERSEAS TRAVELERS CHARACTERISTICS:ALL OVERSEAS VISITORSALL LEISURE VISITORSALL BUSINESS VISITORS
Total Number of Travelers =24,194,000 15,654,000 7,089,000
U.S. Destinations Visited*:
Pacific29%28%33%
California27%26%30%
    Los Angeles16%17%16%
    San Francisco12%13%11%
    San Diego3%4%3%
    Anaheim3%3%2%
    San Jose2%1%4%
Washington2%2%3%
    Seattle2%2%3%
Pacific Islands18%26%3%
Hawaiian Islands13%18%3%
    Oahu/Honolulu10%15%2%
    Maui2%3%0%
Guam6%8%0%
Atlantic Islands1%1%1%
Leisure/Recreational Activities*:
Shopping89%93%83%
Dining in Restaurants82%82%86%
Sightseeing in Cities45%53%30%
Amusement/Theme Parks33%42%17%
Visit Historical Places34%39%24%
Visit Small Towns/Villages 31%36%19%
Water Sports/Sunbathing27%36%11%
Touring the Countryside25%29%16%
Visit National Parks21%26%12%
Cultural/Heritage Sights20%24%13%
Art Gallery, Museum19%22%16%
Guided Tours19%25%8%
Nightclub/ Dancing14%15%14%
Concert, Play, Musical14%15%11%
Casinos/Gambling12%15%8%
Golf/Tennis10%11%9%
Attend Sports Events6%6%5%
Cruises7%10%3%
Ethnic Heritage Sights 5%7%3%
Visit American Indian Communities4%6%2%
Camping, Hiking4%5%2%
Environmental/Ecological Excursions 4%4%3%
Hunting/Fishing2%2%2%
Snow Skiing2%2%2%

* Multiple Response

NOTE: All percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 24,194,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.), 15,654,000 (total leisure travelers), or 7,089,000 (total business travelers).

Only destinations with more than 1.5% of all overseas visitors are listed. All percentages have been rounded to nearest whole number.

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