1999 Profile Of Overseas Travelers To The U.S. - Inbound Reported From "Survey Of International Air Travelers (IFS)
 
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Residence of Travelers to the U.S.

Arrivals

Percent of Total Overseas Arrivals

TOTAL OVERSEAS

24,466,000

100%

Western Europe

10,847,000

44%

United Kingdom

4,252,000

17%

Germany

1,985,000

8%

France

1,059,000

4%

Italy

626,000

3%

Netherlands

527,000

2%

Switzerland

406,000

2%

Spain

363,000

1%

Sweden

314,000

1%

Belgium

249,000

1%

Ireland

246,000

1%

Austria

194,000

1%

Eastern Europe

396,000

2%

Caribbean

1,258,000

5%

Bahamas

282,000

1%

Jamaica

234,000

1%

Dominican Republic

201,000

1%

South America

2,733,000

11%

Brazil

665,000

3%

Venezuela

552,000

2%

Argentina

502,000

2%

Colombia

416,000

2%

Chile

181,000

1%

Peru

159,000

1%

Central America

731,000

3%

Guatemala

163,000

1%

Costa Rica

161,000

1%

Asia

6,935,000

29%

Japan

4,826,000

20%

South Korea

499,000

2%

Taiwan

453,000

2%

Peoples Republic of China/Hong Kong

384,000

2%

India

228,000

1%

Oceania

667,000

3%

Australia

483,000

2%

New Zealand

160,000

1%

Middle East

625,000

3%

Israel

283,000

1%

Africa

274,000

1%

Overseas Traveler Characteristics

All Overseas Visitors

All Leisure Visitors

All Business Visitors

Total Number of Travelers

24,466,000

15,414,000

7,017,000

Advance Trip Decision

Average Number of Days

69.6

85.6

37.4

Median Number of Days

30.0

60.0

20.0

Advance Airline Reservation

Average Number of Days

44.0

56.2

20.5

Median Number of Days

23.0

30.0

10.0

Means of Booking Air Trip

Travel Agent

68%

70%

63%

Airlines Directly

12%

12%

10%

Company Travel Department

8%

3%

22%

Tour Operator

7%

10%

2%

Information Sources*

Travel Agent

60%

61%

58%

Friends / Relatives

17%

21%

7%

Airlines

16%

15%

17%

Travel Guides / Timetables

12%

13%

10%

Tour Operator / Company

11%

16%

3%

Corporate Travel Department

9%

13%

3%

Newspapers / Magazines

9%

4%

23%

State / City Travel Office

6%

9%

2%

Personal Computer

5%

6%

4%

Use of Pre-Paid Package

Yes

22%

31%

6%

No (Independent)

79%

69%

94%

If Package Used, Type of Package*

Air / Lodging

16%

24%

3%

Guided Tour

6%

9%

2%

Air / Lodging / Tour

6%

8%

3%

Air / Rental Car

4%

6%

1%

Air / Lodging / Bus

4%

6%

1%

Air / Lodging / Rental Car

4%

6%

1%

Air / Lodging / Bus / Tour

2%

3%

1%

Use of Prepaid Lodging as Part of Package

Yes

82%

83%

70%

No

18%

17%

30%

Mean Number of Nights

7.5

7.5

7.3

Median Number of Nights

5.0

5.0

6.0

Advance Package Booking

     

Mean Number of Days

73.6

76.3

36.2

Median Number of Days

40.0

42.0

20.0

If Pre-Booked Lodging, Pre-Booked Through*

Travel Agent

33%

40%

26%

Company Travel Dept.

8%

3%

21%

Tour Operator

7%

8%

9%

Hotel/Motel Directly

6%

9%

1%

Business Associate

5%

2%

14%

Friend/Relative

4%

5%

3%

Travel Companions*

Traveling Alone

35%

21%

57%

Family / Relatives

26%

36%

8%

Spouse

26%

35%

11%

Friends

13%

18%

5%

Business Associates

9%

5%

23%

Tour Group

3%

3%

2%

Travel Party Size (Persons)

Adults Only

92%

87%

98%

Adults and Children

8%

13%

2%

Average Party Size

1.6

1.9

1.3

Median Party Size

1.0

2.0

1.0

Main Purpose of Trip

Leisure / Recreation / Holiday

48%

77%

5%

Business / Professional

24%

7%

85%

Visit Friends / Relatives

19%

12%

5%

Convention / Conference

6%

3%

4%

Study / Teaching

3%

1%

1%

Purpose of Trip*

Leisure / Recreation / Holiday

63%

100%

24%

Visit Friends / Relatives

34%

29%

21%

Business

29%

11%

100%

Convention / Conference

9%

5%

13%

Study / Teaching

5%

3%

4%

Type of Accommodations*

Hotel or Motel

82%

85%

89%

Average Number of Nights

7.9

8.1

7.5

Median Number of Nights

5.0

6.0

5.0

Private Home

31%

29%

22%

Average Number of Nights

17.9

15.9

19.6

Median Number of Nights

9.0

10.0

7.0

Other

4%

4%

3%

Mean Number of Nights

16.5

12.5

15.3

Median Number of Nights

7.0

7.0

5.0

Nights Spent in the U.S.

Average Number of Nights

15.2

14.3

13.0

Median Number of Nights

8.0

9.0

6.0

First International U.S. Trip

First Time Visitors

22%

28%

10%

Repeat Visitors

78%

72%

90%

U.S. Trips in Last 12 Months

Mean Number of Trips

2.0

1.6

3.1

Median Number of Trips

1.0

1.0

2.0

U.S. Trips in Last 5 Years

Mean Number of Trips

6.4

4.6

10.8

Median Number of Trips

3.0

2.0

6.0

Number of States Visited*

One State

66%

66%

61%

Two States

20%

19%

24%

Three or More States

14%

15%

16%

Average Number of States

1.6

1.6

1.7

Median Number of States

1.0

1.0

1.0

Number of Destinations Visited

Average Number of Destinations

2.1

2.3

2.0

Median Number of Destinations

2.0

2.0

2.0

Transportation Used in the U.S.*

Taxi

40%

40%

47%

Rented Auto

34%

37%

37%

Airline in the U.S.

28%

26%

36%

Company or Private Auto

28%

24%

29%

City Subway / Bus

20%

25%

13%

Bus between Cities

10%

13%

5%

Rail between Cities

8%

8%

8%

Port of Entry

New York

14%

13%

17%

Miami

13%

14%

15%

Los Angeles

11%

11%

12%

Honolulu

8%

13%

2%

Newark

6%

5%

7%

San Francisco

5%

5%

7%

Chicago

5%

3%

9%

Agana, Guam

4%

7%

**

Orlando & Orlando / Sanford

3%

4%

1%

Atlanta

3%

2%

4%

Washington Dulles

3%

2%

3%

Boston

2%

2%

2%

Detroit

2%

1%

3%

U.S. Destinations Visited*

New England

7%

6%

9%

Massachusetts

5%

5%

7%

Boston

5%

4%

6%

Middle Atlantic

27%

25%

33%

New York

24%

23%

28%

New York City

23%

23%

26%

New Jersey

4%

2%

5%

Pennsylvania

2%

2%

3%

East North Central

9%

5%

16%

Illinois

5%

4%

9%

Chicago

5%

4%

9%

Michigan

2%

1%

3%

Ohio

2%

1%

3%

West North Central

2%

1%

4%

South Atlantic

32%

33%

32%

Florida

24%

27%

19%

Miami

12%

12%

12%

Orlando

12%

16%

5%

Tampa / St. Petersburg

2%

3%

2%

Ft. Lauderdale

2%

2%

2%

Washington, DC (metro area)

5%

5%

6%

Georgia

3%

2%

5%

Atlanta

2%

1%

4%

East South Central

2%

1%

3%

West South Central

6%

4%

9%

Texas

4%

3%

8%

Houston

2%

1%

3%

Dallas / Ft. Worth

2%

1%

3%

Louisiana

2%

2%

1%

Mountain

13%

16%

10%

Nevada

10%

13%

6%

Las Vegas

9%

12%

6%

Arizona

4%

5%

2%

Colorado

2%

2%

2%

Utah

2%

2%

1%

Pacific

27%

27%

31%

California

26%

25%

29%

Los Angeles

15%

16%

14%

San Francisco

11%

12%

11%

San Diego

3%

4%

3%

Anaheim

2%

2%

2%

San Jose

2%

1%

5%

Washington

2%

2%

3%

Seattle

2%

2%

2%

Pacific Islands

15%

22%

3%

Hawaiian Islands

11%

16%

3%

Oahu / Honolulu

9%

13%

2%

Maui

2%

2%

**

Guam

4%

6%

**

Atlantic Islands

**

**

**

Leisure / Recreational Activities*

Shopping

89%

93%

80%

Dining in Restaurants

82%

83%

85%

Sightseeing in Cities

43%

52%

29%

Amusement / Theme Parks

33%

42%

17%

Visit Historical Places

32%

37%

22%

Visit Small Towns / Villages

28%

34%

16%

Water Sports / Sunbathing

24%

33%

10%

Touring the Countryside

23%

27%

14%

Visit National Parks

20%

25%

10%

Art Gallery / Museum

20%

22%

16%

Cultural / Heritage Sights

18%

22%

10%

Guided Tours

17%

23%

7%

Nightclub / Dancing

13%

14%

13%

Casinos / Gambling

12%

15%

8%

Concert / Play / Musical

12%

14%

10%

Golf / Tennis

8%

8%

9%

Cruises

7%

9%

3%

Attend Sports Events

6%

6%

6%

Ethnic Heritage Sights

5%

6%

3%

Visit American Indian Communities

4%

5%

2%

Camping / Hiking

4%

5%

2%

Environmental / Ecological Excursions

3%

4%

2%

Hunting / Fishing

2%

2%

1%

Main Factors Involved in Airline Choice

Airfare

29%

33%

19%

Convenient Schedule

17%

15%

21%

Mileage Bonus / Frequent Flyer Program

11%

10%

13%

Safety Reputation

9%

11%

7%

Non-Stop Flight

9%

9%

9%

Previous Good Experience

6%

6%

8%

Loyalty to Carrier

4%

4%

5%

Employer Policy

4%

2%

9%

In-Flight Service Reputation

2%

2%

3%

Type of Airline Ticket

Economy / Tourist / Coach

74%

79%

58%

Executive / Business

15%

8%

32%

Discount / Group Fare

5%

6%

3%

Frequent Flyer Award

3%

4%

2%

First Class

2%

2%

4%

Frequent Flyer Upgrade

2%

1%

4%

Non-Revenue Passenger

1%

1%

1%

Don't Know

3%

4%

2%

Seating Area

Economy / Tourist / Coach

79%

87%

59%

Executive / Business

17%

11%

36%

First Class

3%

2%

6%

Average Total Trip Expenditures

Per Travel Party

$4,616

$4,725

$5,195

Per Visitor

$2,859

$2,449

$3,989

Average Expenditures in the U.S.

Per Travel Party

$2,443

$2,651

$2,511

Per Visitor

$1,513

$1,374

$1,927

Per Visitor Per Day

$99

$96

$149

Average Expenditures by Category (Per Visitor)

Lodging

$420 (28%)

$306 (22%)

$738 (38%)

Gifts / Souvenirs

$333 (22%)

$353 (26%)

$299 (16%)

Food / Beverages

$281 (19%)

$268 (20%)

$330 (17%)

Transportation

$201 (13%)

$174 (13%)

$287 (15%)

Entertainment

$147 (10%)

$175 (13%)

$116 (6%)

Other

$106 (7%)

$75 (5%)

$127 (7%)

U.S. Airport

$25 (2%)

$23 (2%)

$30 (2%)

Trip Expenses Payment Method

Credit Cards

46%

41%

62%

Cash

41%

43%

30%

Travelers' Checks

11%

14%

6%

Debit Cards

2%

2%

2%

Sex & Age of Traveler

Male Adults

65%

60%

83%

Female Adults

35%

40%

17%

Average Age of Male (Years)

41.9

41.6

41.8

Average Age of Female (Years)

37.5

36.5

36.6

Occupation

Manager / Executive

32%

26%

55%

Professional / Technical

32%

32%

33%

Clerical / Sales

10%

13%

4%

Student

6%

7%

2%

Homemaker / Housewife

6%

7%

1%

Retired

6%

6%

1%

Craftsman / Factory Worker

3%

4%

2%

Government / Military

3%

3%

2%

Annual Household Income

Average Household Income

$79,900

$74,600

$99,000

Median Household Income

$65,200

$60,200

$87,100

Notes:

 

All numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand. Country estimates are only listed if they generated at least 150,000 overseas visitors.

 

All percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 24,466,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.); 15,414,000 (total leisure travelers); or 7,071,000 (total business travelers).

 

Business travelers are defined as the respondents who stated their purpose of trip was business/professional. Leisure travelers are defined as the respondents who stated their purpose of trip was leisure/recreation/holidays/sightseeing. Multiple purposes of trip are allowed.

*

Multiple response.

**

Not displayed due to low respondent base for this survey year

n/a

Information not available.

Sources:

 

U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Tourism Industries

Publication Date:

May 2000