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April 17, 2003
2002 Year End International Arrivals to the United States
The U.S. Department of Commerce today released the 2002 international arrivals to the United States. This is one of the earliest release dates ever for the international year-end arrivals data, and improvement for the industry receiving information on the markets on a timelier basis.
The level of international visitors declined 7 percent to 41.9 million compared to the 44.9 million in 2001. The last four months of 2002 showed positive growth compared to the last four months of 2001, gaining some momentum (up 22%). The level of international arrivals had already shown underperformance through August 2002 compared to the same period for 2001 (down 18%).
“This just shows the challenge we have to regain our valuable international traveler base which reportedly contributed $88 billion in export value for the country in 2002”, said Deputy Assistant Secretary Douglas B. Baker for Service Industries, Tourism & Finance. “This industry builds the bridges between cultures, and fosters friendships and understanding between peoples, so it is important to strengthen our efforts in the international markets.”
Highlights of 2002 International Arrivals to the United States
To see the year end 2002 arrivals and spending tables, visit the OTTI web site inbound overview page at: https://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/inbound.general_information.inbound_overview.html
There are numerous tables posted with time line data for arrivals and spending by international travelers to the United States.
To access the 2002 monthly arrivals and analysis go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/monthly/arrivals/index.html
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