Regional Profile: Africa
African Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Regional Profile: Africa
AFRICAN ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.

TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001r Change 2001r/1995
Arrivals 186 205 234 258 274 295 287 101
% Change 7% 10% 14% 10% 6% 8% -3% 54%

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)
Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Change 2001/1995
Receipts n/a n/a n/a $1,183 $1,317 $1,443 $1,401 n/a
% Change n/a n/a n/a n/a 11% 10% -3% n/a

AFRICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2001 Volume 2001 Market Share 2000 Volume 2000
SOUTH ATLANTIC 47.0% 135 39.0% 115
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 36.9% 106 40.1% 118
New York 33.4% 96 35.2% 104

AFRICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2001 Volume 2001 Market Share 2000 Volume 2000
New York City 33.0% 95 34.2% 101

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)
  2001 2000 % Point Change ****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Business 49% 40% 9
Vacation / Holiday 44% 57% -13
Visit Friends and Relatives 43% 36% 7
Attend Convention 18% 20% -2
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Airline in U.S. 45% 44% 1
Private Automobile 35% 28% 6
Rented Automobile 28% 41% -13
Rail between Cities 20% 19% 1
Bus between Cities 12% 5% 7

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2001 2000 % Change ****
Prepaid Package 4% 11% -68%
First International Trip 24% 25% -6%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 21.3 23.7 -10%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. n/a n/a n/a
Average Number of States Visited 2.0 1.9 5%

Notes:

r - The 2001 arrivals total has been revised downward from the preliminary estimate released earlier by OTTI.

* Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.

** Only the census regions, states, and cities are displayed that have a statistically reliable respondent base for the survey year(s).

*** Not displayed due to low respondent base for this survey year.

**** Variance due to rounding.

n/a - Information not available

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries; Bureau of Economic Analysis

Publication Date: March 2003