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||August 2003 International Arrivals to the U.S. - Data
Shows Signs of Recovery
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November 17, 2003
August 2003 International Arrivals to the U.S. - Data Shows Signs of Recovery
Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887
International travel to the U.S., while still in a period of contraction,
continues to recover based on August data.
Three million nine hundred thousand international tourists arrived in
the U.S. during August. Although this was down 2.5 percent from last year,
August had the smallest monthly decline since February 2003. Total year-to-date
arrivals of 22.8 million were down 6.5 percent through August, but were
up from last month’s (July) year-to-date decline of 7.3 percent.
Salient regional and top market results are as follows:
- Total Overseas (excluding Canada and Mexico) arrivals declined 4.9
percent in August 2003 to 1.8 million, up from the 5.9 percent decline
in July. Year-to-date 2003 arrivals of 11.4 million were down 9.6 percent.
- Western Europe, up 0.9 percent, had the strongest results among the
major world regions. Asian arrivals continued to decline, at a lesser
rate, in August, down 9.2 percent, after declining 12 percent in July,
28 percent in June and 35 percent in May 2003, compared to last year.
- The effect of SARS is lessening. According to the World Health Organization
(WHO) the countries that suffered the worst exposure to the SARS outbreak
are: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Canada. While travel to
the U.S. from these countries declined through August 2003 the rate
of decline has notably tapered off. In fact, among the four SARS related
markets Canada increased slightly in August and Singapore grew in July.
||Percent Change 2003/2002
|Key SARS Markets
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries,
- While the impact of SARS is evident in these markets, each
registered declines prior to the SARS breakout, in February and March.
This indicates that a combination of economic, political, and SARS-related
concerns dissuaded travelers, contributing to the decline in arrivals
from these countries. The OTTI will continue to monitor and report on
the arrivals for the key SARS markets to help discern the long-term
- Among the top markets, Japan registered the largest drop, of
12.4 percent, with 330,588 visitors. The monthly decline in Japanese
tourists has been lessening from July and June that decreased by 17
percent and 33 percent, respectively.
- Arrivals from the United Kingdom were flat, year-over-year,
with 348,382 visitors. Year-to-date arrivals from the U.K. were up 2
- Mexican arrivals declined 4.4 percent in August 2003 after
having increased in July. Year-to-date arrivals are down 3 percent.
- German arrivals grew by 3.6 percent in August and negative
2.4 percent year-to-date. August recorded the first positive growth
in the German market since April.
- Italy and Spain increased 19.7 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively,
in August 2003. On a year-to-date basis arrivals for Italy were down
3.5 percent and for Spain up slightly (0.5 percent). The only other
top 20 overseas markets to show growth for August 2003 were South Korea,
3.2 percent, India, 1.1 percent and Brazil, 1.7 percent.
To access the monthly arrivals data that provides arrival totals and
percent change for 11 world regions and 19 countries, go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2003-I-001/index.html
Top Ports January-August 2003
- Arrivals at the top 15 ports-of-entry accounted for 85 percent
of all overseas arrivals in the January-August 2003 time frame. Total
overseas arrivals year-to-date were down 9.6 percent approximating the
decline at the port level ('Overseas' excludes Canada and Mexico). The
top three ports-of-entry (New York - JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted
for 38 percent of all overseas arrivals to the U.S.
- New York's JFK Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Newark, Washington Dulles,
Detroit, and Boston all registered declines less than the national average.
Orlando and Sanford Florida Airports were the only of the top 15 airports
that posted increases in arrivals year-to-date 2003. Agana, Guam continued
to register the largest contraction, 34 percent.
- New York JFK held on as the leading port of entry year-over-year,
maintaining its lead over Miami for the last three months. Other notable
shifts include Chicago moving ahead of San Francisco into position five,
and Washington D.C. displacing Atlanta for position nine. Detroit moved
up to position thirteen by displacing both Sanford and Houston
The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. report has approximately
30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals to the
country. The report provides data on approximately 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. To learn more about this program,
please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html
If you would like to purchase the monthly, quarterly or annual international
arrival reports for 2002 and 2003, (available in print and/or Excel) please
go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/upcoming/index.html
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