Market Profile: Central America
Central American Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Regional Profile: Central America
CENTRAL AMERICAN ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.

TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001r 2002r Change 2002r/1996
Arrivals 524 564 697 731 822 771 704 180
% Change 3% 8% 24% 5% 12% -6% -9% 34%

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002pr Change 2002pr/1996
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 n/a

CENTRAL AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
SOUTH ATLANTIC 62.4% 439 55.4% 427
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 25.6% 180 31.4% 242
Florida 48.8% 344 39.8% 307
New York 23.2% 163 26.5% 204

CENTRAL AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
Miami 40.6% 286 *** ***
New York City 21.3% 150 *** ***

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)
  2002 2001 % Point Change ****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Vacation / Holiday 50% 44% 6
Visit Friends and Relatives 44% 51% -8
Business 27% 34% -7
Attend Convention 9% 7& 2
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Rented Automobile 37% 38% 0
Private Automobile 37% 37% 0
Airline in U.S. 19% 12% 7
Bus between Cities 10% 10% 0
Rail between Cities 9% 8% 1

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2002 2001 % Change ****
Prepaid Package 5% 7% 38%
First International Trip 8% 10% -18%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 14.6 20.7 -29%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $101 n/a n/a
Average Number of States Visited 1.3 1.3 0%

Notes:

r - The 2001 arrivals total has been revised downward from the preliminary estimate released earlier by OTTI.

pr - Preliminary will be Revised.

n/a - Information not available

* Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.

** Only the census regions, states, and cities are displayed that have a statistically reliable respondent base for the survey year(s).

*** Not displayed due to low respondent base for this survey year.

**** Variance due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries; Bureau of Economic Analysis

Publication Date: May 2003