Market Profile: China
Chinese Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Market Profile: China
CHINESE1ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.

(This is a combined People's Republic of China and Hong Kong Profile)

TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Arrivals 384 453 403 361 271 326 405 21
% Change -9% 18% -11% -10% -25% 20% 24% 6%
  Arrivals People's Republic of China 191 249 232 226 157 203 270 79
          % Change -9% 30% -7% -3% -31% 29% 33% 42%
  Arrivals from Hong Kong 193 203 170 135 114 123 135 -58
          % Change -9% 5% -16% -21% -16% 8% 10% -30%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS 2(in millions)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Total Receipt s $1,475 $1,934 $1,659 $1,372 $1,050 $1,284 n/a n/a
% Change -22% 31% -14% -17% -23% 22% n/a n/a
  Receipts People's Republic of China $777 $1,120 $1,012 $958 $690 $894 n/a n/a
          % Change -32% 44% -10% -5% -28% 30% n/a n/a
  Receipts from Hong Kong $698 $814 $647 $414 $360 $390 n/a n/a
          % Change -6% 17% -21% -36% -13% 8% n/a n/a


CHINESE VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES 3
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 20044 Volume 20044
PACIFIC 58.3% 236 52.2% 170
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 37.7% 153 34.4% 112
MOUNTAIN 25.4% 103 20.1% 66
SOUTH ATLANTIC 18.3% 74 18.3% 60
         
California 56.1% 227 49.0% 160
New York 33.6% 136 29.1% 95


CHINESE VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES 3
  Market Share 2005 4 Volume 2005 4 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
New York City 32.9% 133 27.3% 89
Los Angeles 31.2% 126 28.8% 94
San Francisco 27.6% 112 24.1% 79


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  20054 2004 % Point Change5
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)      
     Business 49% 56% -7
     Visit Friends and Relatives 48% 41% 7
     Vacation / Holiday 36% 39% -3
     Attend Convention 15% 14% 1
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)      
     Airline in U.S 46% 44% 2
     Company or Private Automobile 39% 34% 5
     Rented Automobile 28% 29% -1
     Rail between Cities 11% 9% 2
     Bus between Cities 9% 10% -1


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2005 2004 4 % Point
Change or
% Change 5
Prepaid Package 10% 9% 1 pt.
First International Trip to U.S. 29% 29% -1 pt
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 24.8 23.4 6%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $112 $99 13%
Average Number of States Visited 2.0 1.8 11%

 

Notes:
(1) This profile's traveler characteristics are based upon the combined arrivals for the People's Republic of China and Hong Kong (SAR)
 
(2) Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.
 
(3) 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.
 
(4)   Due to low respondent base, 2005 estimates are based on 2004 plus 2005 weighted proportions applied to 2005 volume totals.
 
(5) Percentage-point and percentage changes are based on non-rounded data.
 
(n/a)   Estimate not yet available.
 
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