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 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
Arrivals 234 258 274 295 287 241 236 2
% Change 14% 10% 6% 8% -3% -16% -2% 1%


Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
TRENDS IN RECEIPTS*
(in millions)
Receipts $1,054 $1,183 $1,317 $1,443 $1,406 $1,114 n/a n/a
% Change 38% 12% 11% 10% -3% -21% n/a n/a


AFRICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 53.2% 126 46.6% 112
SOUTH ATLANTIC 39.3% 93 41.0% 99
New York 47.2% 111 42.2% 102


AFRICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
New York City 45.8% 108 41.8% 101


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2003 2002 % Point Change ****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Vacation / Holiday 49% 32% 17
Visit Friends and Relatives 45% 42% 3
Business 39% 37% 1
Attend Convention 13% 21% -8
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Company or Private Automobile 35% 36% -1
Airline in U.S. 33% 45% -12
Rented Automobile 28% 18% 10
Rail between Cities 20% 15% 5
Bus between Cities 8% 10% -2


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2003 2002 % point change or % Change
****
Prepaid Package 3% 7% -4 pts
First International Trip 30% 23% 7 pts
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 26.7 29.5 -9%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $89 $84 6%
Average Number of States Visited 1.8 2.0 -10%

Notes:
 
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: April 2004