2001 Profile Of Overseas Travelers To The U.S. - Inbound Reported From "Survey Of International Air Travelers (IFS)
 
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U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries
2001 PROFILE OF OVERSEAS TRAVELERS TO THE U.S. - INBOUND REPORTED FROM: SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVELERS
RESIDENCE OF TRAVELERS
TO THE U.S.: 1
ARRIVALS 2 Percent of
TOTAL OVERSEAS ARRIVALS
TOTAL OVERSEAS 21,832,868 100.0%
Western Europe 9,111,460 41.7%
United Kingdom 4,097,258 18.8%
Germany 1,313,756 6.0%
France 875,854 4.0%
Italy 472,348 2.2%
Netherlands 411,742 1.9%
Switzerland 310,826 1.4%
Spain 291,052 1.3%
Ireland 276,806 1.3%
Sweden 230,538 1.1%
Belgium 181,693 0.8%
     
Eastern Europe 384,674 1.8%
     
Caribbean 1,201,811 5.5%
Bahamas 293,022 1.3%
Jamaica 229,003 1.0%
Dominican Republic 171,568 0.8%
     
South America 2,531,089 11.6%
Venezuela 555,292 2.5%
Brazil 551,406 2.5%
Argentina 434,011 2.0%
Colombia 371,747 1.7%
Peru 186,008 0.9%
Chile 150,350 0.7%
     
Central America 770,803 3.5%
El Salvador 207,890 1.0%
Guatemala 171,955 0.8%
     
Asia (Far East) 6,315,500 28.9%
Japan 4,082,661 18.7%
South Korea 617,892 2.8%
Peoples Rep. of China/Hong Kong 402,683 1.8%
Taiwan 357,064 1.6%
India 269,674 1.2%
Philippines 180,549 0.8%
Hong Kong 170,267 0.8%
     
Oceania 586,309 2.7%
Australia 425,934 2.0%
     
Middle East 644,156 3.0%
Israel 305,431 1.4%
     
Africa 287,066 1.3%
1 Country estimates are only listed if they generated at least 150,000 overseas visitors.(back)
2 All arrivals data reported in residency table are from the total arrivals as reported from the I-94. (back)

OVERSEAS TRAVELERS
CHARACTERISTICS:
ALL OVERSEAS
VISITORS
ALL LEISURE
VISITORS
ALL BUSINESS
VISITORS
Total Number of Travelers = 21,833,000 13,405,000 6,222,000
       
Advance Trip Decision:      
Average Number of Days 70.5 88.3 34.8
Median Number of Days 30.0 60.0 20.0
       
Advance Airline Reservation:      
Average Number of Days 45.8 59.3 20.2
Median Number of Days 28.0 30.0 10.0
       
Means of Booking Air Trip:      
Travel Agent 64% 65% 61%
Airlines Directly 14% 13% 11%
Company Travel Dept. 8% 4% 22%
Tour Operator 7% 9% 2%
Personal Computer 4% 5% 2%
       
Information Sources*:      
Travel Agent 56% 58% 55%
Personal Computer 19% 22% 14%
Airlines 17% 16% 17%
Friends, Relatives 17% 20% 8%
Travel Guides/Timetables 9% 13% 3%
Corporate Travel Dept. 9% 4% 23%
Tour Operator/Company 8% 11% 3%
State/City Travel Office 5% 6% 5%
Newspapers/Magazines 5% 7% 1%
       
Use of Pre-Paid Package:      
Yes 18% 27% 5%
No (Independent) 82% 74% 96%
       
If Package Used, Type of Package*:      
Air/Lodging 13% 20% 2%
Air/Rental Car 5% 7% 2%
Guided Tour 5% 8% 1%
Air/Lodging/Rental Car 3% 5% 1%
Air/Lodging/Bus 3% 5% 1%
Air/Lodging/Tour 3% 5% 1%
Air/Lodging/Bus/Tour 2% 2% 0%
Use of Prepaid Lodging as Part of Package:      
Yes 81% 82% 65%
No 19% 18% 35%
Mean # of Nights 7.6 7.7 8.2
Median # of Nights 5.0 5.0 6.0
       
Advance Package Booking:      
Mean # of Days 79.3 82.2 27.7
Median # of Days 40.0 45.0 15.0
       
If Pre-Booked Lodging,
Pre-Booked Through*:
     
       
Travel Agent 28% 34% 24%
Hotel/Motel Directly 8% 9% 9%
Company Travel Dept. 8% 3% 21%
Tour Operator 6% 8% 1%
Friend/Relative 5% 5% 3%
Business Associate 4% 2% 12%
       
Travel Companions*:      
Traveling Alone 38% 25% 58%
Family/Relatives 28% 38% 8%
Spouse 25% 34% 10%
Friends 11% 16% 5%
Business Associates 8% 4% 23%
Tour Group 2% 2% 1%
       
Travel Party Size: (persons)      
Adults Only 91% 86% 98%
Adults and Children 9% 14% 2%
Average Party Size 1.6 1.8 1.3
Median Party Size 1.0 1.0 1.0
       
Main Purpose of Trip:      
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday 44% 73% 6%
Business/Professional 24% 7% 85%
Visit Friends/Relatives 23% 16% 4%
Convention/Conference 6% 3% 4%
Study/Teaching 3% 1% 1%
       
Purpose of Trip*:      
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday 61% 100% 24%
Visit Friends/Relatives 38% 33% 20%
Business 29% 11% 100%
Convention/Conference 9% 5% 12%
Study/Teaching 5% 4% 4%
       
Type of Accommodations*:      
Hotel, Motel 76% 79% 86%
Average Number of Nights 8.0 7.9 8.0
Median Number of Nights 5.0 5.0 5.0
       
Private Home 37% 35% 26%
Average Number of Nights 19.4 17.3 19.0
Median Number of Nights 10.0 10.0 7.0
       
Other 4% 5% 4%
Mean Number of Nights 18.2 14.9 24.1
Median Number of Nights 7.0 7.0 10.0
       
Nights Spent in the U.S.      
       
Average 17.0 15.3 15.0
Median 9.0 10.0 7.0
       
First International U.S. Trip:      
First Time Visitors 20% 25% 11%
Repeat Visitors 80% 75% 89%
       
U.S. Trips in Last 12 Months:      
Mean # of Trips 2.2 1.7 3.4
Median # of trips 1.0 1.0 2.0
       
U.S. Trips in Last 5 Years:      
Mean # of Trips 7.1 5.2 12.1
Median # of trips 3.0 3.0 7.0
       
Number of States Visited*:      
One State 68% 68% 59%
Two States 20% 19% 25%
Three or More States 13% 14% 16%
Average (Number of States) 1.5 1.5 1.7
Median (Number of States) 1.0 1.0 1.0
       
Number of Destinations Visited:      
Average (Number of Destinations) 2.0 2.2 2.0
Median (Number of Destinations) 1.0 2.0 2.0
       
Transportation in the U.S.*:      
Taxi 39% 39% 48%
Rented Auto 34% 37% 37%
Company or Private Auto 28% 25% 28%
Airline in the U.S. 28% 26% 36%
City Subway/Bus 20% 24% 13%
Bus between Cities 10% 13% 5%
Railroad between Cities 9% 8% 7%
       
Port-of-Entry:      
Miami 13% 14% 16%
New York 13% 13% 14%
Los Angeles 11% 12% 13%
Honolulu 8% 12% 1%
San Francisco 6% 5% 9%
Chicago 5% 3% 8%
Newark 5% 5% 6%
Agana, Guam 5% 5% 0%
Atlanta 3% 3% 4%
Orlando & Orlando/Sanford 3% 4% 1%
Washington Dulles 3% 2% 3%
Boston 2% 2% 2%
       
U.S. Destinations Visited*:      
New England 7% 6% 10%
Massachusetts 5% 5% 7%
Boston 5% 4% 7%
       
Middle Atlantic 27% 26% 30%
New York 23% 23% 25%
New York City 22% 23% 23%
New Jersey 4% 3% 5%
Pennsylvania 3% 3% 4%
Philadelphia 2% 3% 2%
       
East North Central 9% 5% 16%
Illinois 5% 3% 9%
Chicago 5% 3% 9%
Michigan 2% 1% 4%
Ohio 2% 1% 3%
       
West North Central 3% 2% 4%
       
South Atlantic 34% 36% 35%
Florida 24% 29% 20%
Miami 12% 12% 12%
Orlando 11% 16% 5%
Tampa/St. Petersburg 2% 3% 1%
Ft. Lauderdale 2% 2% 2%
Washington D.C. (Metro Area) 6% 5% 8%
Georgia 4% 3% 6%
Atlanta 3% 2% 5%
Virginia 2% 1% 1%
       
East South Central 2% 2% 3%
       
West South Central 6% 5% 10%
Texas 4% 3% 8%
Houston 2% 1% 4%
Dallas/Ft. Worth 2% 1% 3%
Louisiana 2% 2% 2%
New Orleans 2% 2% 2%
       
Mountain 11% 13% 11%
Nevada 7% 10% 5%
Las Vegas 7% 9% 5%
Arizona 3% 3% 2%
Colorado 2% 2% 3%
       
Pacific 24% 23% 31%
California 22% 22% 29%
Los Angeles 13% 14% 15%
San Francisco 9% 10% 11%
San Diego 3% 3% 3%
San Jose 2% 1% 4%
Anaheim 2% 2% 2%
Washington 2% 2% 2%
Seattle 2% 2% 2%
       
Pacific Islands 15% 20% 3%
Hawaiian Islands 10% 15% 3%
Oahu/Honolulu 8% 12% 2%
Guam 5% 5% 0%
       
Atlantic Islands 1% 1% 1%
       
Leisure/Recreational Activities*:      
Shopping 86% 90% 79%
Dining in Restaurants 82% 84% 84%
Sightseeing in Cities 42% 50% 30%
Visit Historical Places 33% 37% 24%
Amusement/Theme Parks 32% 40% 16%
Visit Small Towns/Villages 28% 33% 17%
Water Sports/Sunbathing 24% 33% 11%
Touring the Countryside 22% 26% 14%
Art Gallery, Museum 19% 21% 15%
Visit National Parks 19% 24% 11%
Cultural/Heritage Sights 18% 22% 12%
Guided Tours 15% 19% 10%
Nightclub/ Dancing 13% 14% 13%
Concert, Play, Musical 12% 14% 10%
Casinos/Gambling 10% 12% 8%
Golf/Tennis 8% 8% 7%
Attend Sports Events 7% 7% 6%
Cruises 6% 8% 4%
Ethnic Heritage Sights 5% 6% 3%
Camping, Hiking 4% 5% 3%
Visit American Indian Communities 4% 5% 2%
Environmental/Ecological Excursions 3% 4% 2%
Hunting/Fishing 2% 2% 1%
Snow Skiing 2% 2% 2%
       
Main factors involved in Airline Choice:      
Airfare 30% 34% 17%
Convenient Schedule 17% 15% 20%
Mileage Bonus/Freq. Flyer program 11% 11% 14%
Non-Stop Flight 10% 9% 10%
Safety Reputation 8% 9% 8%
Previous Good Experience 8% 7% 8%
Employer Policy 4% 2% 10%
Loyalty to Carrier 4% 4% 5%
In-Flight Service Reputation 2% 2% 2%
       
Type of Airline Ticket:      
Economy/Tourist/Coach 73% 79% 58%
Executive/Business 15% 9% 34%
Frequent Flyer Award 4% 4% 2%
Discount/Group Fare 3% 4% 2%
Frequent Flyer Upgrade 3% 2% 4%
First Class 2% 1% 5%
Non-Revenue Passenger 1% 1% 1%
Don't Know 3% 4% 1%
Seating Area:      
Economy/Tourist/Coach 78% 85% 58%
Executive/Business 19% 13% 36%
First Class 3% 2% 6%
       
Average Total Trip Expenditures:      
Per Travel Party $4,405 $4,379 $5,236
Per Visitor $2,811 $2,373 $4,085
       
Average Expenditures in the U.S.:      
Per Travel Party $2,333 $2,482 $2,473
Per Visitor $1,489 $1,345 $1,929
Per Visitor Per Day $88 $88 $129
       
Avg. Exp. by Category (per visitor): $1,489 (100%) $1,345 (100%) $1,929 (100%)
Lodging $406 (27%) $303 (23%) $735 (38%)
Gifts & Souvenirs $301 (20%) $314 (23%) $266 (14%)
Food, Beverages $291 (20%) $284 (21%) $343 (18%)
Transportation $207 (14%) $176 (13%) $309 (16%)
Entertainment $147 (10%) $170 (13%) $112 (6%)
Other $110 (7%) $75 (6%) $136 (7%)
U.S. Airport $25 (2%) $23 (2%) $29 (2%)
       
Trip Expenses Payment Method:      
Credit Cards 47% 42% 62%
Cash 42% 44% 31%
Travelers Checks 8% 11% 4%
Debit Cards 3% 3% 3%
       
Sex & Age of Traveler:      
Male Adults 63% 58% 81%
Female Adults 37% 42% 19%
       
Average Age of Male (years) 42.2 42.0 42.1
       
Average Age of Female (years) 39.3 38.4 38.1
       
Occupation:      
Professional/Technical 33% 33% 33%
Manager/Executive 31% 26% 56%
Clerical/Sales 9% 12% 4%
Student 7% 7% 2%
Homemaker/Housewife 6% 7% 1%
Retired 6% 6% 1%
Craftsman/Factory Worker 3% 4% 1%
Government/Military 3% 3% 2%
       
Annual Household Income:      
Average $79,400 $75,400 $96,200
Median $63,700 $60,700 $82,000

*Multiple Response

Overseas includes all countries except Canada and Mexico

NOTE: All percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 21,833,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.), 13,405,000 (total leisure travelers), or 6,222,000 (total business travelers). Business travelers are defined as the respondents who stated their purpose of trip was business/professional, Multiple purposes of trip are allowed. Leisure travelers are defined as the respondents who stated their purpose of trip was leisure/recreation/holidays/sightseeing. Multiple purposes of trip are allowed.

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

Released Date: March 2003

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2000 Profile Of Overseas Travelers To The U.S. - Inbound Reported From "Survey Of International Air Travelers (IFS)"

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

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Survey of International Air Travelers (In-Flight Survey) Program

Visitor Arrivals Program (I-94 Form)