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 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
Arrivals 2,831 2,957 2,733 2,941 2,531 1,815 1,522 -1,309
% Change 15% 4% -8% 8% -14% -28% -16% -46%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS*
(in millions)
Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
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


  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
SOUTH ATLANTIC 67.6% 1,029 63.6% 1,154
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 19.0% 289 27.1% 492
PACIFIC 11.0% 167 11.4% 207
EAST NORTH CENTRAL 6.7% 102 7.8% 142
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL 6.6% 100 6.1% 111
MOUNTAIN 6.3% 96 4.9% 89
NEW ENGLAND 3.3% 50 5.5% 100
WEST NORTH CENTRAL 2.2% 33 1.7% 31
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL *** *** 1.5% 27
Florida 61.7% 939 54.8% 995
New York 15.7% 239 23.8% 432
California 9.7% 148 10.2% 185
Texas 5.2% 79 4.9% 89
Illinois 4.5% 68 4.7% 85
Georgia 4.0% 61 4.6% 83
Nevada 3.3% 50 2.5% 45
Massachusetts 2.3% 35 3.4% 62
New Jersey *** *** 4.7% 85
Pennsylvania *** *** 2.8% 51
Ohio *** *** 1.5% 27
Michigan *** *** 1.1% 20


  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
Miami 51.1% 778 42.7% 775
Orlando 19.2% 292 16.8% 305
New York City 15.3% 233 23.0% 417
Los Angeles 4.6% 70 6.2% 113
Chicago 4.3% 65 4.3% 78
Ft. Lauderdale 4.1% 62 *** ***
Washington, DC (Metro) 3.7% 56 6.6% 120
San Francisco 3.5% 53 3.0% 54
Atlanta 2.8% 43 4.2% 76
Boston *** *** 3.1% 56
Las Vegas *** *** 2.5% 45


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2003 2002 % Point Change
****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Vacation / Holiday 49% 51% -2
Visit Friends and Relatives 43% 41% 2
Business 31% 32% -1
Attend Convention 12% 13% -1
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Company or Private Automobile 36% 30% 6
Rented Automobile 35% 38% -3
Airline in U.S. 24% 28% -4
Bus between Cities 7% 8% -1
Rail between Cities 7% 9% -2

 

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2003 2002 % point change or % Change ****
Prepaid Package 6% 7% -1 pt
First International Trip 11% 12% -1 pt
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 20.3 21.6 -6%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $80 $83 -4%
Average Number of States Visited 1.4 1.4 0%



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