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Date: Fri, 23 April 2004
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Subject: 2003 State, City, traveler characteristics and spending data released

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April 23, 2004

An information service from Office of Travel & Tourism Industries
http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
U.S. International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Contact: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

2003 State, City, traveler characteristics and spending data released

The Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI) will release the 2003 data on international travel to the USA in time for POW WOW in Los Angeles. This is the earliest release ever of the world region and country profiles, state and city visitation estimates and spending data on international travel to the USA.

For those of you attending POW WOW, please feel free to stop by booths 1319 or 1031-1033 to meet the OTTI staff attending this trade show. We would be delighted to discuss how our products and services may assist you.

To see the only comparable, comprehensive source for visitation estimates on overseas, world regions and countries for the states and cities in 2003, as well as other new data available on the international travel market, and updated information on our research programs, please visit the OTTI web site at: https://travel.trade.gov/

Visitation estimates for overseas travelers are provided for 35 states and 58 cities. While there were declines, this was the best year for travel to the country since 2000. The declines at the national level had a dramatic impact on the overseas visitation to the states and cities. The declines were not the same across the board as some states and cities saw declines either greater or less than the national average.

Florida and New York tied for the top states/territories visited by overseas travelers in 2003. These two states were closely followed by: California, Hawaii, and Nevada. To see the market share, volume estimate and percentage change for overseas travelers to the U.S. for 2002 and 2003, please visit OTTI's web site at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/cat/f-2003-45-540.html

The top cities visited by overseas travelers in 2003 were: New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Honolulu, and Las Vegas. To see the market share, volume estimate and percentage change in the market for 2002 and 2003, please visit OTTI's web site at: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/cat/f-2003-45-561.html

To understand why certain states and/or cities posted increases or declines, one will need to look at the composition of the markets that generated visitors to each destination. If key markets for a destination registered overall declines in travel to the United States, it probably had an impact on visitation. Furthermore, changes in key traveler characteristics like the business versus leisure mix, or the package versus independent traveler volume from a specific market to the particular destination may also influence visitation. To see the state and city visitation estimates for the top nine world regions and 24 countries and the analyses developed for destinations visited in 2003, go to OTTI's web site at: https://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/index.html

In addition to the free data on the web site, OTTI also sells reports or data. Two new products are available for purchase. For information on the research programs that were used to generate the market intelligence offered, see the publications section and custom reports section in the Research Programs area of the Survey of International Air Travelers (In-Flight Survey Program), at: https://travel.trade.gov/research/programs/ifs/index.html

If you have any questions about OTTI programs or this data, please contact us at: otti@trade.gov

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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
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Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
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