Market Profile: France
French Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Market Profile: France
FRENCH ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.

TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001r 2002r Change
2002r/1996
Arrivals 987 978 1,013 1,059 1,087 876 734 (253)
% Change 7% -1% 4% 5% 3% -19% -16% -26%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002pr Change
2002pr/1996
Receipts $2,327 $2,496 $2,348 $2,330 $2,637 $2,284 n/a n/a
% Change 13% 7% -6% -1% 13% -13% n/a n/a


FRENCH VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 34.9% 256 37.6% 329
SOUTH ATLANTIC 32.7% 240 32.4% 284
PACIFIC 28.0% 206 25.7% 225
MOUNTAIN 16.6% 122 *** ***
New York 30.9% 227 35.6% 312
California 25.9% 190 24.5% 215
Florida 18.2% 134 *** ***


FRENCH VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
New York City 29.5% 217 35.2% 308
San Francisco 15.1% 111 *** ***


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2002 2001 % Point Change
****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Vacation / Holiday 55% 63% -8
Visit Friends and Relatives 44% 47% -2
Business 27% 28% -1
Attend Convention 9% 7% 2
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Rented Automobile 32% 39% -7
Private Automobile 26% 27% -1
Airline in U.S. 23% 22% 1
Rail between Cities 14% 14% 1
Bus between Cities 9% 9% 0


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2002 2001 % Change
****
Prepaid Package 11% 10% 12%
First International Trip 24% 21% 13%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 17.5 17.0 3%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $81 $71 14%
Average Number of States Visited 1.7 1.8 -6%

 

Notes:

r - The 2001 and 2002 arrivals total have 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