Regional Profile: South America
South American Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)

Year

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

% Change 1998/1992

Arrivals

1,770

2,026

2,112

2,449

2,461

2,831

2,957

67%

% Change

12%

14%

4%

16%

0%

15%

4%

 

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)

Year

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

% Change 1998/1992

Receipts

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

% Change

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)

VISITATION TO THE STATES

 

Market Share 1998

Volume 1998

Market Share 1997

Volume 1997

Florida

60.5%

1,789

63.4%

1,795

New York

25.4%

751

27.3%

773

California

11.3%

334

15.1%

427

Texas

4.2%

124

3.7%

105

Illinois

4.0%

118

3.2%

91

Nevada

3.6%

106

4.7%

133

New Jersey

**

**

3.3%

93

Massachusetts

**

**

3.7%

105

VISITATION TO THE CITIES

 

Market Share 1998

Volume 1998

Market Share 1997

Volume 1997

Miami

48.0%

1,419

52.4%

1,483

New York City

24.7%

730

26.6%

753

Orlando

23.3%

689

26.8%

759

Los Angeles

7.8%

231

9.7%

275

Fort Lauderdale

6.4%

189

3.6%

102

District of Columbia (Greater Metropolitan)

4.7%

139

4.8%

136

San Francisco

4.3%

127

6.6%

187

Chicago

3.8%

112

3.1%

88

Las Vegas

3.6%

106

4.3%

122

Boston

**

**

3.7%

105

San Diego

**

**

2.1%

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SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)

 

1998

1997

% Point Change

Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)

     

Vacation / Holiday

63%

65%

-2

Business

32%

32%

0

Visit Friends and Relatives

29%

29%

-0

Attend Convention

15%

14%

1

Prepaid Package

14%

16%

-2

First International Trip

14%

16%

-2

Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)

     

Rented Automobile

49%

45%

4

Airline in U.S.

28%

28%

-0

Private Automobile

24%

25%

-1

Bus between Cities

8%

9%

-1

Rail between Cities

8%

6%

2

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)

 

1998

1997

% Change

Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights)

14.3

14.8

-3%

Daily Visitor Spending in U.S.

$129

$135

-4%

Average Number of States Visited

1.4

1.5

-7%

Notes:
 
      *   Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.
** Not displayed due to low respondent base for this survey year.
n/a Information not available.
Sources:
 
Publication Date:   May 1999