Top 50 Markets for International Visitor Arrivals to the United States 1998 and 1997
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1998 Rank Country of Residence 1998 TOTAL 1997 TOTAL 98/97 % Change
  TOTAL ALL COUNTRIES 46,395,419 47,754,476 -2.8%
  TOTAL OVERSEAS 23,697,587 24,194,476 -2.1%
1 Canada 13,421,832 15,127,000 -11.3%
     Canada Air 4,594,916 4,638,000 -0.9%
2 Mexico 9,276,000 8,433,000 10.0%
     Mexico Air 1,420,832 1,303,786 9.0%
3 JAPAN 4,885,369 5,367,578 -9.0%
4 UNITED KINGDOM 3,974,976 3,720,979 6.8%
5 GERMANY 1,901,938 1,994,296 -4.6%
6 FRANCE 1,013,222 978,327 3.6%
7 BRAZIL 909,477 940,698 -3.3%
8 ITALY 610,796 580,261 5.3%
9 VENEZUELA 540,685 487,981 10.8%
10 ARGENTINA 523,909 503,393 4.1%
11 NETHERLANDS 490,198 473,420 3.5%
12 AUSTRALIA 460,705 500,615 -8.0%
13 SWITZERLAND 410,900 410,209 0.2%
14 TAIWAN 386,413 442,780 -12.7%
15 COLOMBIA 367,968 317,736 15.8%
16 SOUTH KOREA 364,061 746,550 -51.2%
17 SPAIN 326,339 328,024 -0.5%
18 SWEDEN 300,925 292,424 2.9%
19 ISRAEL 269,752 260,052 3.7%
20 BAHAMAS 251,929 319,240 -21.1%
21 IRELAND 232,391 217,278 7.0%
22 BELGIUM 230,190 241,366 -4.6%
23 JAMAICA 217,730 213,910 1.8%
24 HONG KONG 213,020 222,129 -4.1%
25 INDIA 210,975 173,327 21.7%
26 CHINA, PRC 208,930 209,609 -0.3%
27 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 195,287 190,522 2.5%
28 AUSTRIA 185,799 187,942 -1.1%
29 CHILE 179,133 179,075 0.0%
30 GUATEMALA 163,468 134,545 21.5%
31 NEW ZEALAND 157,338 161,476 -2.6%
32 COSTA RICA 156,405 131,240 19.2%
33 PERU 155,464 145,019 7.2%
34 ECUADOR 145,477 126,077 15.4%
35 NORWAY 142,583 140,446 1.5%
36 DENMARK 138,689 144,605 -4.1%
37 EL SALVADOR 135,808 93,087 45.9%
38 PHILIPPINES 117,116 132,285 -11.5%
39 RUSSIA 115,506 120,681 -4.3%
40 SOUTH AFRICA 110,049 103,567 6.3%
41 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 103,807 96,458 7.6%
42 SINGAPORE 102,240 127,109 -19.6%
43 PANAMA 94,638 81,968 15.5%
44 POLAND 87,063 72,756 19.7%
45 FINLAND 85,247 82,190 3.7%
46 HONDURAS 78,896 61,866 27.5%
47 TURKEY 78,219 68,254 14.6%
48 SAUDI ARABIA 68,288 67,962 0.5%
49 PORTUGAL 67,132 62,877 6.8%
50 HAITI 61,094 52,190 17.1%

Note: The 1998 Canada and Mexico numbers are preliminary as of 3/23/99.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Tourism Industries

Date: May 1999