Market Profile: Middle East
Middle Eastern Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Regional Profile: Middle East
MIDDLE EASTERN ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.


TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001r Change 2001r/1995
Arrivals 454 480 552 587 625 702 644 190
% Change 13% 6% 15% 6% 6% 12% -8% 42%

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)
Year 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 Change 2001/1995
Receipts n/a n/a n/a $2,403 $2,144 $2,235 $2,155 n/a
% Change n/a n/a n/a n/a -11% 4% -4% n/a

MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2001 Volume 2001 Market Share 2000 Volume 2000
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 53.0% 341 47.4% 333
SOUTH ATLANTIC 34.3% 221 37.5% 263
PACIFIC ** ** 20.9% 147
New York 44.4% 286 38.9% 273

MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2001 Volume 2001 Market Share 2000 Volume 2000
New York City 43.1% 278 38.1% 267

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)
  2001 2000 % Point Change ****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Visit Friends and Relatives 52% 51% 1
Vacation / Holiday 48% 40% 8
Business 35% 34% 1
Attend Convention 17% 8% 9
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Airline in U.S. 47% 39% 8
Rented Automobile 31% 38% -7
Private Automobile 23% 22% 1
Rail between Cities 12% 8% 4
Bus between Cities 10% 5% 5

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2001 2000 % Change ****
Prepaid Package 2% 6% -63%
First International Trip 18% 18% -3%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 27.4 19.7 39%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $96 N/A N/A
Average Number of States Visited 1.9 1.7 12%

Notes:

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

* 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.

n/a - Information not available

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

Publication Date: March 2003