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Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 15:51 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: New October 2001 Data Shows Record Decline in Monthly International Arrivals to the Country

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U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Feburary 27, 2002

New October 2001 Data Shows Record Decline in Monthly International Arrivals to the Country

While the decline in arrivals to the United States in September 2001 established a record for the worst visitation decline, in October 2001, the country set a new monthly record decline. Overall, travel plummeted 34 percent in October 2001 compared to October 2000, while the September declines were 29 percent lower than arrivals in September 2000. In light of these dramatic drops, OTTI has provided an analysis with supporting tables that illustrate the downward spiral in travel to the country. The percentage change figures registered for the top six markets for October 2001 compared to October 2000 were:

- Canada down 24 percent
- Mexico down 31 percent
- UK down 21 percent
- Japan down 61 percent
- Germany down 44 percent
- France down 28 percent

You will find additional information on OTTI's 2001 monthly arrivals web page. You will find an analysis of the top 12 inbound markets, a table with the October and year-to-date figures for the top 40 countries, and another table that provides the same information for all countries generating visitors to the United States. To access the October 2001 visitor arrival analysis and tables, please visit the "monthly" section of OTTI's web site, or the new Recovery Center web page: https://travel.trade.gov/recovery.html

If you need additional information on the international markets to the country, you may want consider subscribing to OTTI's monthly report entitled: "Summary of International Travel to the United States." This report is the official USA source on monthly, quarterly and annual visitor arrivals. In addition to the number of arrivals and percentage change by market, data is available on their port of entry, mode of transportation, visa type and age of the visitors. The data is based upon a count of all arrivals that complete the required Immigration and Naturalization Service I-94 form to enter the country. To learn more about the arrivals data program, please visit OTTI's web site at: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html

OTTI hopes the information provided on our monthly arrivals web site page assist the industry in understanding the impact that September 11th has had on international travel to this country. Watch for upcoming TInews announcements on the remaining months of 2001 and 2002 as the data becomes available. If you have any questions, or would like to comment on the information provided, please send your comments or questions to: otti@trade.gov

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