Regional Profile: Central America
Central American Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)

Year

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

% Change 1998/1992

Arrivals

481

545

513

509

524

564

697

45%

% Change

8%

13%

-6%

-1%

3%

8%

24%

 

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)

Year

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

% Change 1998/1992

Receipts

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

% Change

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

CENTRAL AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)

VISITATION TO THE STATES

 

Market Share 1998

Volume 1997

Market Share 1997

Volume 1997

Florida

70.0%

488

62.9%

355

California

13.8%

96

**

**

Texas

6.1%

43

**

**

VISITATION TO THE CITIES

 

Market Share 1998

Volume 1998

Market Share 1997

Volume 1997

Miami

64.2%

447

54.2%

306

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)

 

1998

1997

% Point Change

Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)

     

Vacation / Holiday

54%

46%

8

Business

40%

39%

1

Visit Friends and Relatives

29%

38%

-10

Attend Convention

13%

11%

2

Prepaid Package

12%

9%

3

First International Trip

7%

5%

2

Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)

     

Rented Automobile

42%

35%

7

Private Automobile

28%

33%

-5

Airline in U.S.

17%

25%

-8

Rail between Cities

9%

12%

-3

Bus between Cities

6%

6%

-0

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)

 

1998

1997

% Change

Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights)

10.1

14.1

-28%

Daily Visitor Spending in U.S.

n/a

$95

-100%

Average Number of States Visited

1.3

1.3

0%

Notes:
 
      *   Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.
n/a Information not available.
Sources:
 
Publication Date:   May 1999