2000 Profile Of Overseas Travelers To The U.S. - Inbound Reported From "Survey Of International Air Travelers (IFS)
 
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2000 Profile of Overseas Travelers to the U.S. - Inbound
REPORTED FROM: SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVELERS (IFS)
RESIDENCE OF TRAVELERS
TO THE U.S.:
ARRIVALS Percent of
TOTAL OVERSEAS
ARRIVALS
TOTAL OVERSEAS
25,974,701
100%
Western Europe
11,175,161
43%
United Kingdom
4,703,008
18%
Germany
1,786,045
7%
France
1,087,087
4%
Italy
612,357
2%
Netherlands
553,297
2%
Switzerland
395,031
2%
Spain
361,177
1%
Sweden
321,881
1%
Ireland
285,697
1%
Belgium
249,957
1%
Austria
175,533
1%
 
Eastern Europe
421,959
2%
 
Caribbean
1,331,297
5%
Bahamas
293,911
1%
Jamaica
242,903
1%
Dominican Republic
197,298
1%
 
South America
2,941,471
11%
Brazil
737,245
3%
Venezuela
576,663
2%
Argentina
533,936
2%
Colombia
417,065
2%
Chile
192,361
1%
Peru
192,062
1%
 
Central America
821,614
3%
Guatemala
185,677
1%
El Salvador
184,574
1%
Costa Rica
176,056
1%
 
Asia (Far East)
7,554,444
29%
Japan
5,061,377
19%
South Korea
661,844
3%
Taiwan
457,302
2%
Peoples Rep. of China/Hong Kong
452,741
2%
India
274,202
1%
Philippines
168,053
1%
 
Oceania
731,263
3%
Australia
539,559
2%
New Zealand
172,012
1%
 
Middle East
702,105
3%
Israel
325,199
1%
 
Africa
295,387
1%

Overseas Traveler Characteristics All Overseas Visitors All Leisure Visitors All Business Visitors
Total Number of Travelers
25,975,000
15,923,000
7,844,000
 
Advance Trip Decision:      
Average Number of Days
70.6
90.1
33.7
Median Number of Days
30.0
60.0
18.0
 
Advance Airline Reservation:      
Average Number of Days
45.9
60.4
19.1
Median Number of Days
25.0
30.0
10.0
 
Means of Booking Air Trip:      
Travel Agent
66%
68%
61%
Airlines Directly
12%
12%
10%
Company Travel Dept.
9%
4%
24%
Tour Operator
7%
10%
2%
Personal Computer/Internet
2%
2%
1%
 
Information Sources*:      
Travel Agent
58%
59%
55%
Friends, Relatives
16%
20%
6%
Airlines
16%
15%
16%
Personal Computer
16%
20%
13%
Travel Guides/Timetables
10%
15%
3%
Tour Operator/Company
9%
12%
3%
Corporate Travel Dept.
9%
4%
25%
Newspapers/Magazines
5%
8%
2%
State/City Travel Office
5%
5%
3%
TV/Radio
2%
3%
1%
 
Use of Pre-Paid Package:      
Yes
21%
31%
6%
No (Independent)
79%
69%
95%
 
If Package Used, Type of Package*:      
Air/Lodging
16%
24%
4%
Guided Tour
6%
9%
2%
Air/Rental Car
5%
8%
2%
Air/Lodging/Bus
5%
7%
1%
Air/Lodging/Tour
4%
7%
1%
Air/Lodging/Rental Car
4%
6%
2%
Air/Lodging/Bus/Tour
2%
3%
1%
 
Use of Prepaid Lodging as Part of Package:      
Yes
84%
84%
78%
No
16%
16%
22%
Mean # of Nights
7.9
7.5
13.1
Median # of Nights
5.0
5.0
7.0
 
Advance Package Booking:      
Mean # of Days
77.7
80.8
29.9
Median # of Days
45.0
50.0
20.0
 
If Pre-Booked Lodging,
Pre-Booked Pre-Booked Through*:
     
Travel Agent
32%
40%
26%
Company Travel Dept.
9%
3%
23%
Hotel/Motel Directly
8%
8%
10%
Tour Operator
6%
9%
1%
Business Associate
5%
2%
14%
Friend/Relative
5%
5%
3%
 
Travel Companions*:      
Traveling Alone
36%
22%
59%
Family/Relatives
27%
37%
6%
Spouse
26%
35%
10%
Friends
12%
18%
4%
Business Associates
9%
4%
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
46%
76%
6%
Business/Professional
26%
7%
86%
Visit Friends/Relatives
19%
12%
3%
Convention/Conference
6%
4%
4%
Study/Teaching
2%
1%
1%
 
Purpose of Trip*:      
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday
61%
100%
22%
Visit Friends/Relatives
33%
29%
19%
Business
30%
11%
100%
Convention/Conference
9%
5%
12%
Study/Teaching
4%
3%
4%
 
Type of Accommodations*:      
Hotel, Motel
81%
84%
89%
Average Number of Nights
7.6
8.0
7.5
Median Number of Nights
5.0
6.0
5.0
 
Private Home
32%
29%
22%
Average Number of Nights
19.0
18.0
15.7
Median Number of Nights
10.0
10.0
7.0
 
Other
4%
4%
2%
Mean Number of Nights
16.3
12.3
24.0
Median Number of Nights
5.0
6.0
6.0
 
Nights Spent in the U.S.      
Average
15.6
14.8
12.8
Median
8.0
9.0
6.0
 
First International U.S. Trip:      
First Time Visitors
22%
28%
10%
Repeat Visitors
79%
72%
90%
 
U.S. Trips in Last 12 Months:      
Mean # of Trips
2.3
1.7
3.7
Median # of trips
1.0
1.0
3.0
 
U.S. Trips in Last 5 Years:      
Mean # of Trips
7.1
4.7
12.8
Median # of trips
3.0
2.0
8.0
 
Number of States Visited*:      
One State
67%
67%
60%
Two States
20%
18%
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
2.2
2.0
Median (Number of Destinations)
1.0
2.0
2.0
 
Transportation in the U.S.*:      
Taxi
41%
40%
50%
Rented Auto
33%
36%
37%
Airline in the U.S.
29%
27%
35%
Company or Private Auto
26%
22%
26%
City Subway/Bus
20%
25%
13%
Bus between Cities
10%
14%
5%
Railroad between Cities
9%
9%
8%
 
Port-of-Entry:      
New York
13%
14%
16%
Miami
12%
13%
14%
Los Angeles
11%
12%
13%
Honolulu
8%
13%
1%
San Francisco
6%
5%
8%
Newark
6%
5%
7%
Chicago
5%
4%
9%
Agana, Guam
5%
6%
0%
Orlando & Orlando/Sanford
3%
5%
0%
Atlanta
3%
2%
4%
Washington Dulles
3%
2%
4%
Boston
2%
2%
2%
Detroit
2%
2%
2%
 
U.S. Destinations Visited*:      
New England
7%
5%
9%
Massachusetts
6%
5%
7%
Boston
5%
4%
6%
 
Middle Atlantic
26%
25%
31%
New York
23%
23%
25%
New York City
22%
22%
24%
New Jersey
4%
3%
5%
Pennsylvania
3%
2%
4%
Philadelphia
2%
1%
2%
 
East North Central
9%
5%
16%
Illinois
5%
4%
9%
Chicago
5%
3%
9%
Michigan
2%
1%
4%
Ohio
2%
1%
3%
 
West North Central
3%
2%
4%
 
South Atlantic
32%
35%
33%
Florida
23%
28%
19%
Orlando
12%
17%
4%
Miami
11%
12%
13%
Tampa/St. Petersburg
2%
3%
1%
Ft. Lauderdale
2%
2%
1%
Washington D.C. (Metro Area)
6%
5%
8%
Georgia
3%
2%
5%
Atlanta
3%
2%
5%
North Carolina
2%
1%
3%
 
East South Central
2%
2%
3%
 
West South Central
6%
4%
11%
Texas
5%
3%
9%
Houston
2%
1%
4%
Dallas/Ft. Worth
2%
1%
3%
Louisiana
2%
2%
2%
 
Mountain
13%
16%
10%
Nevada
9%
12%
6%
Las Vegas
9%
12%
5%
Arizona
3%
4%
2%
Colorado
2%
2%
2%
Utah
2%
2%
1%
 
Pacific
26%
25%
32%
California
25%
24%
29%
Los Angeles
14%
14%
14%
San Francisco
11%
12%
11%
San Diego
3%
3%
3%
Anaheim
2%
2%
2%
San Jose
2%
1%
4%
Washington
2%
1%
3%
Seattle
2%
1%
2%
 
Pacific Islands
16%
22%
2%
Hawaiian Islands
11%
16%
2%
Oahu/Honolulu
9%
13%
1%
Maui
2%
3%
0%
Guam
5%
6%
0%
 
Atlantic Islands
0%
0%
0%
 
Leisure/Recreational Activities*:      
Shopping
87%
91%
79%
Dining in Restaurants
84%
84%
86%
Sightseeing in Cities
43%
52%
28%
Amusement/Theme Parks
31%
40%
15%
Visit Historical Places
31%
36%
21%
Visit Small Towns/Villages
28%
33%
16%
Water Sports/Sunbathing
23%
32%
9%
Touring the Countryside
21%
25%
14%
Visit National Parks
20%
24%
10%
Art Gallery, Museum
20%
22%
15%
Cultural/Heritage Sights
18%
22%
11%
Guided Tours
16%
22%
7%
Nightclub/ Dancing
13%
14%
13%
Concert, Play, Musical
13%
14%
9%
Casinos/Gambling
11%
14%
7%
Cruises
7%
10%
3%
Golf/Tennis
7%
8%
7%
Attend Sports Events
6%
6%
5%
Ethnic Heritage Sights
5%
6%
3%
Visit American Indian Communities
4%
5%
2%
Camping, Hiking
4%
5%
2%
Environmental/Ecological Excursions
3%
4%
3%
Snow Skiing
2%
3%
1%
Hunting/Fishing
2%
2%
1%
 
Main factors involved in Airline Choice:
Airfare
27%
33%
15%
Convenient Schedule
18%
15%
22%
Mileage Bonus/Freq. Flyer program
12%
11%
15%
Non-Stop Flight
10%
8%
11%
Safety Reputation
9%
10%
7%
Previous Good Experience
7%
6%
8%
Employer Policy
4%
2%
9%
Loyalty to Carrier
4%
4%
5%
In-Flight Service Reputation
2%
2%
3%
 
Type of Airline Ticket:      
Economy/Tourist/Coach
72%
79%
55%
Executive/Business
17%
9%
35%
Discount/Group Fare
4%
5%
2%
Frequent Flyer Award
3%
4%
2%
First Class
3%
2%
6%
Frequent Flyer Upgrade
3%
2%
4%
Non-Revenue Passenger
1%
2%
1%
Don't Know
3%
4%
2%
 
Seating Area:      
Economy/Tourist/Coach
77%
85%
55%
Executive/Business
20%
13%
38%
First Class
4%
2%
8%
 
Average Total Trip Expenditures:      
Per Travel Party
$4,938
$5,062
$5,348
Per Visitor
$3,089
$2,634
$4,208
 
Average International Airfare:      
Per Travel Party
$2,011
$1,760
$2,643
Per Visitor
$1,364
$1,011
$2,110
 
Average Package Price:      
Per Travel Party
$3,386
$3,352
$3,957
Per Visitor
$1,381
$1,336
$2,140
 
Average Expenditures in the U.S.:      
Per Travel Party
$2,633
$2,866
$2,539
Per Visitor
$1,647
$1,491
$1,998
Per Visitor Per Day
$105
$101
$156
 
Avg. Exp. by Category (per visitor):      
Lodging
$451 (27%)
$319 (21%)
$785 (39%)
Food, Beverages
$320 (19%)
$317 (21%)
$336 (17%)
Gifts & Souvenirs
$318 (19%)
$335 (23%)
$285 (14%)
Transportation
$220 (13%)
$190 (13%)
$312 (16%)
Entertainment
$160 (10%)
$192 (13%)
$104 (5%)
Other
$153 (9%)
$113 (8%)
$145 (7%)
U.S. Airport
$27 (2%)
$25 (2%)
$31 (2%)
 
Trip Expenses Payment Method:      
Credit Cards
47%
41%
63%
Cash
41%
43%
31%
Travelers Checks
10%
13%
4%
Debit Cards
3%
3%
2%
 
Sex & Age of Traveler:      
Male Adults
63%
58%
83%
Female Adults
37%
42%
17%
 
Average Age of Male (years)
41.9
41.7
41.6
 
Average Age of Female (years)
39.0
38.0
36.9
 
Occupation:      
Professional/Technical
32%
32%
34%
Manager/Executive
33%
26%
56%
Clerical/Sales
9%
12%
3%
Homemaker/Housewife
6%
7%
1%
Student
6%
7%
2%
Retired
5%
7%
0%
Craftsman/Factory Worker
3%
4%
1%
Government/Military
3%
3%
2%
 
Annual Household Income:      
Average
$81,900
$75,900
$100,800
Median
$66,900
$61,800
$89,500


Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico

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 25,975,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.); 15,923,000 (total leisure travelers); or 7,844,000 (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.

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

Publication Date: Jul-01