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April 9, 2018

 

 

International Trade Administration Announces Suspension of

2017 I-94 Overseas Arrivals Data Releases

 

The International Trade Administration’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) announces the suspension of data releases on overseas arrivals to the United States pending resolution of underlying technical issues with a significant number of I-94 records received from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Recognizing that many of you rely on these numbers for high-level reports and that this delay may negatively impact your business processes, your patience is appreciated during this U.S. arrivals data release lag.

Once NTTO determines there is a reliable, accurate and dependable data source for arrivals to the United States, delivery of 2017 U.S. arrivals data will be resumed.

The full text of the press release is as follows:

 

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For Immediate Release Contact: Tim Truman

April 9, 2018 Phone: (202) 482-3809

 

International Trade Administration Announces Suspension of

2017 I-94 OVERSEAS Arrivals Data Releases

 

WASHINGTON – The International Trade Administration’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) today announced it will suspend data releases on overseas arrivals to the United States pending resolution of underlying technical issues with a significant number of records received from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). No data will be reported by NTTO beyond the preliminary data previously released on March 7, 2018, until the records are properly identified, categorized, and counted.

 

“The National Travel and Tourism Office is committed to providing accurate statistics on international travelers to the United States as defined by international standards for the travel and tourism sector,” said Isabel Hill, Director, National Travel and Tourism Office. “NTTO is working with CBP and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resolve these issues. NTTO will resume publication of these data as soon as possible.”

 

In conducting due diligence on records received from CBP on arrivals to the United States in 2017, NTTO identified significant and increasing anomalies affecting DHS I-94 visitor arrivals data. NTTO uses data gathered by CBP to calculate overseas arrivals to the United States, including those who are traveling for business, leisure, and education, and staying one night or more. As such, residents of the United States are not counted as visitors.

 

During this process, NTTO detected a meaningful and increasing number of non-U.S. citizens traveling on visas to the United States being categorized as U.S. residents. Therefore, those travelers were removed from the visitor count of overseas travelers arriving into the United States, resulting in a probable undercount for 2017.

 

The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses these data when calculating the balance of trade, as expenditures by these visitors are counted as exports for the United States. In 2016, travel and tourism accounted for 11 percent of all U.S. exports and 33 percent of all services exports. The United States realized an $83.9 billion balance of trade surplus for travel and tourism in 2016. These data are also used by destinations and private-sector companies in expanding exports, and by U.S. government agencies in the development of policy.

 

 

 

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U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Mail Stop 10007, Washington, DC 20230; Phone:(202) 482-0140; Fax: (202) 482-2887; Website: http://travel.trade.gov; Email:ntto@trade.gov.