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 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002r Change
2002r/1996
Arrivals 2,461 2,831 2,957 2,733 2,941 2,531 1,815 -646
% Change 0% 15% 4% -8% 8% -14% -28% -26%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS*
(in millions)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002r Change
2002r/1996
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 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
SOUTH ATLANTIC 63.6% 1,154 64.1% 1,622
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 27.1% 492 24.4% 618
PACIFIC 11.4% 207 12.7% 321
EAST NORTH CENTRAL 7.8% 142 8.0% 202
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL 6.1% 111 6.1% 154
NEW ENGLAND 5.5% 100 5.2% 132
MOUNTAIN 4.9% 89 6.4% 162
WEST NORTH CENTRAL 1.7% 31 *** ***
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL 1.5% 27 *** ***
Florida 54.8% 995 55.5% 1,405
New York 23.8% 432 21.3% 539
California 10.2% 185 11.5% 291
Texas 4.9% 89 4.2% 106
Illinois 4.7% 85 5.1% 129
New Jersey 4.7% 85 *** ***
Georgia 4.6% 83 3.7% 94
Massachusetts 3.4% 62 *** ***
Pennsylvania 2.8% 51 *** ***
Nevada 2.5% 45 3.3% 84
Ohio 1.5% 27 *** ***
Michigan 1.1% 20 *** ***


SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
Miami 42.7% 775 43.3% 1,096
New York City 23.0% 417 20.4% 516
Orlando 16.8% 305 18.2% 461
Los Angeles 6.2% 113 6.0% 152
Washington, DC (Metro) 6.6% 120 5.5% 139
Chicago 4.3% 78 4.8% 121
Atlanta 4.2% 76 3.5% 89
Boston 3.1% 56 *** ***
San Francisco 3.0% 54 4.3% 109
Las Vegas 2.5% 45 3.1% 78


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2002 2001 % Point Change
****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Vacation / Holiday 51% 58% -7
Visit Friends and Relatives 41% 35% 6
Business 32% 33% -1
Attend Convention 13% 12% 2
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Rented Automobile 38% 42% -4
Private Automobile 30% 28% 2
Airline in U.S. 28% 28% 0
Rail between Cities 9% 8% 1
Bus between Cities 8% 7% 1


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2002 2001 % Change
****
Prepaid Package 7% 10% -32%
First International Trip 12% 13% -7%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 21.6 18.4 17%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $83 $90 -8%
Average Number of States Visited 1.4 1.4 0%



Notes:
 
r - The 2001 and 2002 arrivals total have been revised downward from the preliminary estimate released earlier by OTTI.
 
n/a - Information not available
 
* 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.
 
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries; Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
Publication Date: March 2004