Market Profile: South America
South American Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Regional Profile: South America
SOUTH AMERICAN ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.


TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001r Change 2001r/1995
Arrivals 2,449 2,461 2,831 2,957 2,733 2,941 2,531 82
% Change 16% 0% 15% 4% -8% 8% -14% 3%

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)
Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Change 2001/1995
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 n/a

SOUTH AMERICAN 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 64.1% 1,622 67.3% 1,979
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 24.4% 618 23.0% 676
PACIFIC 12.7% 321 12.4% 365
EAST NORTH CENTRAL 8.0% 202 8.6% 253
MOUNTAIN 6.4% 162 5.8% 171
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL 6.1% 154 5.8% 171
NEW ENGLAND 5.2% 132 5.7% 168
WEST NORTH CENTRAL *** *** 4.3% 126
Florida 55.5% 1,405 60.6% 1,783
New York 21.3% 539 21.0% 618
California 11.5% 291 11.6% 341
Illinois 5.1% 129 6.4% 188
Texas 4.2% 106 4.3% 126
Georgia 3.7% 94 3.9% 115
Nevada 3.3% 84 3.9% 115
Massachusetts *** *** 5.1% 150

SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2001 Volume 2001 Market Share 2000 Volume 2000
Miami 43.3% 1,096 46.6% 1,371
New York City 20.4% 516 20.4% 600
Orlando 18.2% 461 22.4% 659
Los Angeles 6.0% 152 5.7% 168
Washington, DC 5.5% 139 4.9% 144
Chicago 4.8% 121 6.3% 185
San Francisco 4.3% 109 5.5% 162
Atlanta 3.5% 89 3.7% 109
Las Vegas 3.1% 78 3.8% 112
Boston *** *** 4.9% 144

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)
  2001 2000 % Point Change ****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Vacation / Holiday 58% 55% 3
Visit Friends and Relatives 35% 35% 0
Business 33% 33% -1
Attend Convention 12% 12% 0
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Rented Automobile 42% 48% -6
Private Automobile 28% 25% 3
Airline in U.S. 28% 28% 0
Rail between Cities 8% 7% 1
Bus between Cities 7% 6% 1

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2001 2000 % Change ****
Prepaid Package 10% 11% -6%
First International Trip 13% 11% 15%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 18.4 19.0 -3%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $90 $107 -16%
Average Number of States Visited 1.4 1.5 -7%

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