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Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
To: TInews Announcement <tiannounce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
Subject: August 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Solid Growth for the Month and Year-to-Date

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November 29, 2004

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

August 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S. – Solid Growth for the Month and Year-to-Date

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.0 million international visitors traveled to the United States in August 2004, an increase of four percent over August 2003. Arrivals for August 2004 year-to-date totaled 25.9 million, an increase of 13 percent from the same period last year.

To learn more about the August, and January-August 2004 arrivals to the USA, please refer to U.S. Department of Commerce press release on August arrivals: http://www.ita.doc.gov/media/PressReleases/1104/tourism_112304.html

In addition, the following information relates to top port activity.

TOP PORTS January - August 2004

Another item tracked in addition to arrivals to the country, is the port-of-entry for visitors on a monthly basis. OTTI also has data on arrivals for over 40 ports of entry by all world regions and 30 countries. A brief analysis is presented on the top 15 ports for overseas arrivals August 2004 year-to-date.

Arrivals at the top 15 ports of entry totaled 85 percent of all overseas arrivals in the first eight months of 2004, the same as for August 2003 year-to-date. Top port overseas arrivals for the first half were up 18 percent, equivalent to the increase in all overseas arrivals. The top three ports of entry (New York – JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 37 percent of overseas arrivals through the top ports this year as it did for the first eight months of 2003.

All top fifteen ports posted increases in arrivals. Agana (Guam), Newark, Sanford and New York registered the largest increases, at 57 percent, 28 percent, 27 percent and 22 percent, respectively.

New York held on as the leading port of entry for the first eight months. Newark jumped from seventh to fifth, ahead of San Francisco and Chicago. Atlanta moved up to ninth from tenth. Sanford moved up from fourteenth to twelfth, ahead of Boston. Houston jumped from fifteenth to fourteenth displacing Detroit to the fifteenth spot.

To access top port activity, go to:
https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/port_entry04.html

SOURCE:
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, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/research/reports/i94/index.html

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Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 7025
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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