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December 15, 2014

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION UP TWO PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 6.1 million international visitors traveled to the United States in September 2014, a two percent increase over September 2013. September marks the 9th consecutive month of increases in 2014 in total U.S. visits. For the first nine months of 2014, visitation (56.4 million) was up seven percent compared to the same period in 2013.

HIGHLIGHTS(1)

Top Markets

  • The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada decreased six percent while visits from Mexico increased five percent.
  • The United Kingdom (0%), Japan (-3%) and the People’s Republic of China (20%) rounded out the top five.
  • In September 2014, four of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.
  • Non-resident visitation from two of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.
  • During the first nine months of 2014, eight of the top 10 countries (sort based on September 2014) posted increases in visitation to the United States..

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence % Change September
2014 vs. 2013
  Canada -6%
  Mexico 5%
  United Kingdom 0%
  Japan -3%
  People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 20%
  Germany -3%
  Brazil 17%
  Australia -3%
  South Korea 1%
  France -2%

Regional Markets

  • Eight of the nine major overseas regional markets recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States in September 2014: Western Europe (1%), Asia (6%), South America (7%), Middle East (16%), the Caribbean (18%), Central America (25%), Eastern Europe (8%) and Africa (15%). At the same time, non-resident visits from Oceania were flat (0%).

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

  • In September 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (3.0 million) were up five percent over September 2013, accounting for 50 percent of total international visits to the United States.
  • September YTD 2014, overseas resident visits (25.9 million) were up eight percent compared to the same period of 2013.

Top Ports: YTD September 2014

  • YTD September 2014, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 82 percent of all overseas visits-slightly below last year.
  • The top three ports (New York (JFK), Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 40 percent of all overseas arrivals-nearly one percentage point above last year.
  • Thirteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first nine months of 2014. Five of these ports recorded double-digit increases.

Access to NTTO Data
The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) collect, analyze and disseminate international travel and tourism statistics from the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. NTTO produces visitation data tables, including a more detailed region, country and port analyses. To access these data, you are encouraged to visit the NTTO monthly arrivals page at http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-I-001/index.html.

National Travel and Tourism Strategy
In 2012, a Task Force on Travel Competitiveness, chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior, developed the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international opportunities throughout the United States and increase the U.S. market share of worldwide travel. The Tourism Policy Council, chaired by the Department of Commerce, is leading the implementation of the National Strategy through inter-agency working groups, including a Research Working Group chaired by the National Travel and Tourism Office. The I-94 Program supports the National Strategy’s call for expanded metrics on international travel to the United States. I-94 automation further supports this initiative as it greatly improves the measurement of international visitation data to the United States. To learn more about the National Strategy, you are encouraged to visit http://travel.trade.gov/pdf/national-travel-and-tourism-strategy.pdf. For more information on I-94 automation, please visit www.cbp.gov.


(1) Throughout this report percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for September 2014 were calculated by comparing data in September 2014 to data in September 2013. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2014 were calculated by comparing data for January - September 2014 to data for January - September 2013.