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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Victoria Park August 9, 2002 (202) 482-0310
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES
RECOVERY IN VISITORS FROM THE U.K.
First Quarter 2002 Arrival Data Highlights U.K. Recovery From 9/11
The U.S. Department of Commerce today released preliminary visitor arrival figures for the first quarter of 2002 that indicate travel from the United Kingdom to the United States has recovered from the dramatic drop seen after the 9/11 attacks.
Although international travel to the U.S. through the first quarter of 2002 continued to contract, the severity of the decline is significantly less than the contractions recorded in the last four months of 2001.
Highlights of U.K. Arrivals for First Quarter 2002
The release of the official arrival figures confirms what the industry indicated in the latest U.K. Travel Recovery Barometer Survey, a program that provides industry with a short-term forecast on travel demand.
- Six top markets, including the United Kingdom, have recovered from the September 11 attacks.
- Travel from the United Kingdom to the United States was down 2 percent (916,154 arrivals) compared to the first quarter of 2001.
- This rate of decline is below that of pre-9/11 that saw travel from the United Kingdom drop 4 percent (January - August 2001). This was due mostly to the slowing economy and a weakening Pound to the U.S. Dollar.
- March 2002 marked the first month of positive gains since August 2001.
- March 2002 arrivals were up 6 percent (392,482 arrivals) compared to March 2001. This growth spurt shows that travel from the United Kingdom may once again register a positive growth pattern within 2002. This is a dramatic improvement from the 27 percent decline posted in September 2001.
A new U.K. Travel Recovery Barometer survey is currently being conducted and will focus on travel demand for the second half of 2002. It will also provide the U.K. travel trade an opportunity to indicate top barriers for travel and suggestions for eliminating those barriers. A new question has been added that focuses on the ramifications from the September 11 attacks related to entrance procedures for the United States.
To access the 2002 arrivals analysis go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/monthly/index.html.
To access the U.K. Travel Recovery Barometer survey results or for U.K. travel trade interested in participating in the Barometer program go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/recovery.