Market Profile: Middle East
Middle Eastern Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Regional Profile: Middle East
Middle Eastern Arrivals To The U.S.

 

TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Arrivals 625 702 644 483 447 502 527 -98
% Change 6% 12% -8% -25% -7% 12% 5% -16%

 

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS1 (in millions)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Receipts $2,144 $2,235 $2,155 $1,455 $1,352 $1,626 n/a n/a
% Change -11% 4% -4% -32% -7% 20% n/a n/a

 

MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES2
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 70.9% 374 61.2% 307
SOUTH ATLANTIC 34.2% 180 ** **
         
New York 50.4% 266 57.8% 290

 

MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES2
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
New York City 46.4% 245 57.4% 288

 

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)
  2005 2004 % Point Change3
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
     Visit Friends and Relatives 61% 51% 10
     Vacation / Holiday 43% 40% 3
     Business 22% 37% -16
     Attend Convention 7% 7% 0
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
     Airline in U.S. 39% 40% -1
     Company or Private Automobile 32% 25% 7
     Rented Automobile 28% 19% 9
     Rail between Cities 9% 14% -5
     Bus between Cities 6% 7% -1

 

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2005 2004 % Point Change or % Change3
Prepaid Package 4% 4% 0 pts.
First International Trip to U.S. 24% 20% 4 pts.
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 25 18.7 33%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. n/a n/a n/a
Average Number of States Visited 1.9 1.7 12%

 

Notes:
(1) Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.
 
(2) Only census region, state, and city destinations having a sample size of 100 or more are displayed. Due to quarterly data weighting by country and port of entry, some unreported destinations may have a higher proportion of total than those reported.
 
(3) Percentage-point and percentage changes are based on non-rounded data.
 
(n/a) Estimate not available.
 
(**) Estimate not shown due to sample size fewer than 100.
 
Note: This profile shows only a few of the 35 travel characteristics data reported on international arrivals to the U.S. Additional information may be obtained for a fee. To learn more, please visit our website: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/ifs/index.html
 
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries; Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
Publication Date: May 2006