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May 25, 2011

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP FOUR PERCENT IN FEBRUARY 2011

SPENDING AT $11.7 BILLION FOR THE MONTH

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 3.9 million international visitors traveled to the United States in February 2011, a four percent increase over February 2010. February 2011 registered the 17th straight month of increases in total U.S. visits. For the first two months of 2011, visitation (8.1 million) was up three percent compared to the same period in 2010. International visitors spent $11.7 billion in February 2011, nine percent more than in February 2010. February 2011 marks the 14th consecutive month of growth in U.S. travel and tourism-related exports. During the first two months of 2011, international visitors spent 10 percent more than they did during the first two months of 2010.

Highlights

Overseas Resident Visitation

  • In February 2011, overseas resident visitation (1.7 million) was up three percent over February 2010.
  • February YTD 2011, overseas resident visits (3.5 million) were up six percent compared to the same period of 2010.

Top 10 Countries

  • In February 2011, nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in resident visitation.
  • During the first two months of 2011, eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States, with only Mexico and Germany posting declines.

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence % Change February
2011 vs. 2010
% Change YTD February
2011 vs. 2010
  Canada 6% 6%
  Mexico 2% -5%
  Japan 3% 4%
  United Kingdom 1% 2%
  France 16% 18%
  Germany -4% -3%
  Brazil 8% 20%
  South Korea 23% 21%
  People's Republic of China (Excl HK) 21% 37%
  Australia 23% 25%

Top Ports: YTD February 2011
YTD February 2011, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 84 percent of all overseas visits-less than half a percentage point below last year. The top three ports (Miami, New York and Los Angeles) accounted for 40 percent of all overseas arrivals, just over half a percentage point more than last year. Ten of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first two months of 2011. Five of these ports posted double-digit increases.

Access to OTTI Data
Manufacturing and Services' Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) collects, analyzes and disseminates international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. OTTI produces visitation data tables, including a more detailed region, country and port analyses. On May 23, 2011, OTTI released 2010 visitation data for countries of origin and U.S. destinations. To access these data, you are encouraged to visit the OTTI monthly arrivals page at
<http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2011-I-001/index.html>.

National Export Initiative
To improve conditions that directly affect the private sector’s ability to export and to boost employment recovery, on March 11, 2010 President Obama created the National Export Initiative (NEI). The automation of the arrival/departure form [CBP Form I-94W] for Visa Waiver Program travelers supports this initiative as the automated form will greatly improve the measurement of international arrival data to the United States. To learn more about the NEI, you are encouraged to visit <http://www.trade.gov/nei/index.asp>.


Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for February 2011 were calculated by comparing data in February 2011 to data in February 2010. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2011 were calculated by comparing data January - February 2011 to data January - February 2010.