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||January 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S.
– Up Beat Start for the Year
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April 21, 2004
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January 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. –
Up Beat Start for the Year
The U.S. welcomed 2.4 million international visitors in January,
an almost two percent increase over January 2003, which previously
witnessed a five percent growth from 2002. This also marked the
fourth consecutive month of positive growth, continuing from the
4th quarter 2003.
Most regions improved again in January 2004, as
- Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) were up
five percent, totaling 1.3 million, with major contributions from
Western Europe, Asia and Oceania.
- Western Europe was up eight percent for the month, due to significant
growth in German visitation and arrivals from the United Kingdom,
Sweden and Spain.
- Asian visitation grew over six percent in January with strong
growth coming from Japan, South Korea and India.
- Other overseas regions experiencing growth were: Eastern Europe,
up three percent, Oceania, up almost 13 percent and the Caribbean,
up one percent. South and Central America, however, declined by
six and 10 percent, respectively. Arrivals from the Middle East
dropped by one percent and arrivals from Africa dropped by four
- North American (Canada and Mexico) visitation was mixed with
Canadian visitation relatively flat and Mexican arrivals down
- Latin American visitation was down, with South and Central
America declining by six and 10 percent, respectively. Arrivals
from the Caribbean were up by one percent.
- The January 5, 2004 U.S. Department of Homeland Security implementation
of the US–VISIT border management program
at major U.S. ports of entry did not appear to deter travel from
non-Visa Waiver country travelers. Biometric identifiers were
captured from those visitors who required a visa to enter the
U.S. In fact, January arrivals increased from many non-Visa Waiver
countries including Brazil, up 10 percent, India, South Korea,
both up six percent and Malaysia, up seven percent.
Salient top market results are as follows:
- Canadian arrivals of 859,000, were down by nearly one percent
in January, a slight up-tick from its two percent drop in December.
- Arrivals from Mexico (217,000 traveling to interior U.S. points)
fell by over seven percent for the month, down more than its drop
in December 2003.
- United Kingdom visitation increased by 11 percent in January,
with 232,000 arrivals, one of the strongest monthly performances
among major countries. This marked the 11th monthly increase
over the last thirteen months.
- German visitors to the U.S., totaling 67,000, increased by
eight percent for the month following a solid 4th quarter performance.
- Japanese visitors totaled 285,000, up nine percent in January,
also following a positive 4th quarter.
- In January, double-digit growth also occurred in travel originating
from Australia and Brazil, with increases of 15 percent and 10
percent, respectively. Arrivals from Sweden also increased by
- Other top European growth markets in January included France,
registering a two percent increase, with three consecutive months
of growth. Italy notched up again for the sixth straight month,
this time by four percent. Switzerland grew by five percent, marking
the third monthly increase. The Netherlands and Spain increased
by seven and nine percent, respectively. For Spain, January was
the fifth consecutive month of positive growth, showing an increase
of nine percent.
- Contributions from other Asian markets included South Korea
arrivals increasing by six percent. Also visitation from the ROC
(Taiwan) improved by three percent. Arrivals from the PRC/Hong
Kong, however, decreased by two percent.
- Notable exceptions to the South American decline in arrivals
were Brazil, up 15 percent, and Argentina, up four percent.
Top Ports - January 2004
- Arrivals at the top 15 ports of entry increased to 87 percent
of all overseas arrivals in January 2004 compared to 85 percent
for all of 2003. Total overseas arrivals for January, as reported
above, were up five percent approximating the increase at the
top port level. The top three ports of entry (Miami, New York
- JFK and Los Angeles) accounted for 39 percent of all overseas
arrivals to the U.S. This was up from 37 percent for all of 2003.
- Ten of the top fifteen airports posted increased arrivals.
The exceptions were Honolulu, down seven percent; Washington,
DC, down one percent; Houston, down two percent; Detroit, down
19 percent, and Boston, down four percent.
- Agana, Guam and Orlando registered the largest increases, at
79 percent and 38 percent, respectively.
- Miami held on as the leading port of entry for January. Agana
jumped from eighth to fifth, ahead of San Francisco. Orlando displaced
Detroit from the 11th spot and Dallas moved ahead of Boston to
the 14th spot.
To access top port activity, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/port_entry04.html
To access the monthly arrivals tables for the 11 world regions
and 19 countries of residence, please go to:
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 international arrivals
reports for 2003 and 2004, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/upcoming/index.html
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