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||February 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S.
– Double Digit Growth, ALL Regions Positive
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May 5, 2004
An information service from Office of Travel & Tourism Industries
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887
February 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. –
Double Digit Growth, ALL Regions Positive
The U.S. welcomed 2.5 million international visitors in February,
a 13 percent increase over February 2003 and an 11 percent increase
from 2002. This also marked the fifth consecutive month of positive
growth, continuing from the 4th quarter 2003. February 2004 year-to-date
was up seven percent.
All regions showed positive growth in February
2004, as follows:
- Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) were up
11 percent, totaling 1.4 million, with positive contributions
coming from all regions. February year-to-date overseas arrivals
were up eight percent.
- Western Europe was up 10 percent for the month, due to significant
growth in arrivals from all countries.
- Asian visitation also grew 11 percent in February with strong
growth coming from all countries.
- Latin American visitation, overall, was up for the first time
since 2002, with South and Central America having increased by
16 and six percent, respectively. Arrivals from the Caribbean
were up by 17 percent.
- Oceania jumped by 24 percent due to an increase in Australia
- Other overseas regions experiencing growth were: Eastern Europe,
up 10 percent, Middle East up three percent and arrivals from
Africa up by four percent.
- North American (Canada and Mexico) visitation was up with Canadian
visitation having increased by 15 percent and Mexican arrivals
up almost 17 percent.
- The January 5, 2004 U.S. Department of Homeland Security implementation
of the US–VISIT border management program
(Biometric identifiers were captured from those visitors who required
a visa to enter the U.S.), at major U.S. ports of entry, again
did not appear to deter travel from non-Visa Waiver country travelers.
In fact, February arrivals from the non-Visa Waiver countries
were up 11 percent, on par with the overall growth in overseas
arrivals. In particular, Brazil was up 26 percent, India, up 18
percent, South Korea, up 13 percent and Malaysia, up 16 percent.
Salient top market results are as follows:
- Canadian arrivals totaled 884,154, up 15 percent for February
and seven percent year-to-date.
- Arrivals from Mexico (219,639 traveling to interior U.S. points)
grew by almost 17 percent for the month and three percent year-to-date.
- United Kingdom visitation increased by seven percent in February,
with 300,000 arrivals. This marked the 12th monthly increase in
the last thirteen months.
- Japanese visitors totaled 303,000, up 12 percent in February,
following a positive 4th quarter and January. Year-to-date visitation
from Japan totaled 65 percent all Asian travelers.
- German visitors to the U.S., totaling 80,000, increased by
12 percent for the month also following solid 4th quarter and
- Other top European growth markets in February included Austria
(16%), Belgium (16%), Denmark (21%) and France, registering a
five percent increase, with four consecutive months of growth.
Ireland increased by 24 percent and Italy notched up again for
the seventh straight month, this time by 11 percent. Also, countries
with double-digit growth were the Netherlands (17%), Norway (16%)
and Spain which increased by 24 percent, its fifth consecutive
month of positive growth. Sweden jumped 19 percent and Switzerland
grew by eight percent, marking its fourth monthly increase
- Contributions from other Asian markets in February included
South Korean arrivals increasing by 13 percent and India up 18
percent. Also, visitation from the ROC (Taiwan) improved by five
percent. Arrivals from the PRC/Hong Kong, increased by one percent
(with the PRC up eight percent, but Hong Kong down nine percent).
Singapore arrivals were up 21 percent.
- Strong performers in Latin America were Brazil, up 26 percent,
Argentina, up 24 percent, Venezuela, up 19 percent, Bahamas, up
17 percent, and Colombia, up nine percent.
- Both Australian and New Zealand arrivals, up 26 percent and
15 percent, respectively, contributed to solid Oceania results
Top Ports - February 2004 Year-to-date
- Arrivals at the top 15 ports of entry again totaled 87 percent
of all overseas arrivals in January and February 2004 compared
to the first two months of 2003. Top port overseas arrivals for
February year-to-date, were up eight percent, the same as the
increase in all overseas arrivals. The top three ports of entry
(Miami, New York - JFK and Los Angeles) accounted for 39 percent
of all overseas arrivals to the U.S. This was same as for 2003
- Eleven of the top fifteen airports posted increased arrivals.
The exceptions were Honolulu, down six percent; Houston, down
one percent; Detroit, down 15 percent, and Boston, down two percent.
- Agana, Guam, Orlando and Newark registered the largest increases,
at 56 percent, 27 percent, and 16 percent, respectively.
- Miami held on as the leading port of entry February year-to-date.
Agana jumped from eighth to fifth, ahead of San Francisco. Houston
displaced Detroit from the 12th spot.
To access top port activity, go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/port_entry04.html
To access the monthly arrivals tables for the 11 world regions
and 19 countries of residence, please go to:
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 arrivals
reports for 2003 and 2004, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/upcoming/index.html
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