1997 Profile of Overseas Travelers to the U.S. - Inbound Reported from: Survey of International Air Travelers (IFS)
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Posted November 1998

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OVERSEAS TRAVELERS CHARACTERISTICS:ALL OVERSEAS VISITORSALL LEISURE VISITORSALL BUSINESS VISITORS
Total Number of Travelers =24,194,000 15,654,000 7,089,000
U.S. Trips in Last 12 Months:
Mean # of Trips2.11.63.2
Median # of trips1.0 1.0 2.0
U.S. Trips in Last 5 Years:
Mean # of Trips6.4 4.5 11.2
Median # of trips3.0 2.0 6.0
Number of States Visited*:
One State63%64%56%
Two States21%19%25%
Three or More States16%17%19%
Average (Number of States)1.61.7 1.7
Median (Number of States)1.0 1.0 1.0
Number of Destinations Visited:
Average (Number of Destinations)2.22.42.1
Median (Number of Destinations)2.0 2.0 2.0
Transportation in the U.S.*:
Taxi40%39%49%
Rented Auto35%37%39%
Airline in the U.S.31%30%37%
Company or Private Auto29%26%30%
City Subway/Bus20%23%13%
Bus between Cities11%13%5%
Railroad between Cities7%7%7%
Port-of-Entry:
Miami15%15%17%
New York 15%14%17%
Los Angeles12%12%14%
Honolulu10%15%2%
San Francisco6%5%7%
Agana, Guam5%8%*
Orlando & Orlando/Sanford5%6%3%
Chicago4%3%6%
Newark4%3%7%
Washington Dulles2%2%3%
Atlanta2%2%3%
Boston2%2%2%
Detroit2%1%2%

* Multiple Response

NOTE: All percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 24,194,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.), 15,654,000 (total leisure travelers), or 7,089,000 (total business travelers).

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