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January/February & Year-to-Date 2003 International Arrivals Data
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries is proud to announce the earliest release of the monthly arrivals data with the January-February 2003 posting to our web site. Having this data one month earlier than in the past enables the industry to be able to gauge the market fluctuations in a more timely manner.
The results show that total monthly arrivals have increased by two percent for the first two months of 2003. This positive report was primarily attributable to a strong January (up 5%) to counter a weak February (down 2%). In 2002, the country posted double digit declines for January and February.
With the Iraqi War in April 2003, OTTI anticipates declines in March and further downturns in arrivals for the next several months. According to the Air Transport Association, the total enplacements for U.S. citizens and non-citizens for March, 2003 were down 6 percent. European air traffic had declined by 16 percent, and the Pacific traffic was down 7 percent.
Please visit our monthly section on arrivals to watch these trends for each of the world regions and 19 select markets generating visitors to the country at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2003-I-001/index.html
A new table that has been added to this area of the site provides
information on the top ports-of-entry for all overseas visitors
for the first two months. This table is to demonstrate the variances
that can occur among different areas of the United States compared
to the national average
If you are interested in additional information on this program, please go to: http:/tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html
The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. has almost
30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals
to the country. The report provides data on around 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.
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