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||International Arrivals to the U.S. for September, 3rd
Quarter and Year-to-date 2003
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December 22, 2003
Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887
International Arrivals to the U.S. for September, 3rd Quarter and Year-to-date 2003
International travel to the U.S. declined 4 percent in September contributing
to a 3 percent drop for the third quarter and an overall 6 percent decline
During September the U.S. welcomed 3 million international tourists, a
4 percent decline from last year. However, this decline was driven by
an 8 percent drop in arrivals from Canada. It should be noted that many
other regions improved.
During third quarter there were 10.7 million arrivals, down 3 percent
from last year. This was a marked improvement over the first two quarters
of this year, down 8 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Total year-to-date
arrivals of 25.8 million were down 6 percent.
Regional market results are as follows:
Salient top market results are as follows:
- Total Overseas (excluding Canada and Mexico) arrivals declined
1 percent in September 2003 with 1.7 million, up from the 5 percent decline
- During third quarter 5.3 million arrivals represented a 4 percent
decline from 2002. This was the strongest quarterly performance during
the year in that the first two quarters were down 8 percent and 14 percent,
- Year-to-date 2003 Overseas arrivals of 13 million were down 9
- Western Europe, up 2 percent, showed the strongest results among
the major world regions in September. Third quarter was up 1 percent,
an improvement over the first two quarters. Year-to-date 2003 arrivals
of 6 million were down 1 percent
- Asian arrivals continued to decline, at a lesser rate, in September,
down 5 percent. Third quarter results were down 9 percent, an improvement
over the first two quarters that were down 7 percent and 34 percent, respectively.
Year-to-date 2003 arrivals of 3.6 million were down 16 percent
For a more in-depth analysis of September, 3rd quarter and year-to-date
arrival data please go to: http://ti-dev.eainet.com/view/m-2003-I-001/third_quarter03.html.
- Canadian arrivals declined by 8 percent in September, the largest
monthly decline since May. The third quarter drop of 3 percent was still
an improvement over the 7 percent decline in the second quarter. Year-to-date
arrivals of 9.9 million were down 4 percent.
- Mexican arrivals declined 1 percent in September. Third quarter
performance was flat compared to the volatility of the first two quarters,
down 27 percent and up 19 percent, respectively. Year-to-date arrivals,
2.8 million, were down 3 percent.
- Japanese visitors totaled 352,000, a drop of 7 percent for the
month. The monthly decline in Japanese tourists has been lessening and
September showed the best performance since February. Third quarter decline
of 12 percent was a great improvement over the 37 percent drop in second
quarter. Year-to-date arrivals of 2.2 million were down by 18 percent
over the first nine months of 2002.
- Arrivals from the United Kingdom were up 5 percent in September
with 371,000 visitors. The third quarter increase of 3 percent was down
from second quarter’s 6 percent increase. Year-to-date arrivals
from the U.K. were 2.8 million, up 2 percent.
- German arrivals dropped by 5 percent in September contributing
to a third quarter decline of 1 percent. The third quarter showed an improvement
over the first two quarters that were down 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
Year-to-date arrivals of 863,000 were down by 3 percent.
- Italy and Spain increased 13 percent and 15 percent, respectively,
in September 2003. On a year-to-date basis, arrivals for Italy were down
4 percent and up slightly (1 percent) for Spain.
- Other of the top 20 overseas markets to show growth for September
2003 were South Korea, 2 percent, Brazil, 9 percent, Taiwan, 6 percent,
and Argentina, 17 percent.
To access the monthly arrivals data that provides arrival totals and percent
change for 11 world regions and 19 countries, go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2003-I-001/index.html
Top Ports January-September 2003
- Arrivals at the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for 85 percent
of all overseas arrivals in the January-September 2003 time frame. Total
overseas arrivals, year-to-date were down 9 percent approximating the
decline at the top port level. The top three ports-of-entry (New York
- JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of all overseas
arrivals to the U.S.
- New York's JFK Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Newark, Boston and Detroit
all registered declines less than the national average.
- Orlando and Sanford, Florida airports were the top 15 airports
that posted increases in arrivals year-to-date 2003.
- Agana, Guam continued to register the largest contraction, 30
- New York JFK held on as the leading port of entry year-over-year,
maintaining its lead over Miami for the last four months. Chicago held
onto position five and Newark moved up into seventh place. Washington
D.C. displaced Atlanta from position nine. Sanford moved back up to position
thirteen, displacing Detroit.
The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. report
has approximately 30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date
arrivals to the country. The report provides data on approximately 90
countries each month and over 40 ports-of-entry. Numerous breakouts are
provided by world region and country for the port tables as well. To learn
more about this program, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html
If you would like to purchase the monthly international arrival reports
for 2002 and 2003, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/upcoming/index.html
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