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 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001r 2002r Change
2002r/1996
Arrivals 480 552 587 625 702 644 483 3
% Change 6% 15% 6% 6% 12% -8% -25% 1%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS*
(in millions)
Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002pr Change
2002pr/1996
Receipts $1,979 $2,316 $2,403 $2,144 $2,235 $2,155 $1,455 -$524
% Change n/a 17% 4% -11% 4% -4% -32% -26%


MIDDLE EASTERN 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 64.8% 313 53.0% 341
SOUTH ATLANTIC 34.5% 167 34.3% 221
New York 57.3% 277 44.4% 286


MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2002 Volume 2002 Market Share 2001 Volume 2001
New York City 54.7% 264 43.1% 278


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2002 2001 % Point Change
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Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Visit Friends and Relatives 57% 52% 6
Vacation / Holiday 48% 48% 0
Business 26% 35% -9
Attend Convention 11% 17% -6
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Airline in U.S. 33% 47% -14
Rented Automobile 30% 31% -1
Rail between Cities 14% 12% 2
Private Automobile 13% 23% -10
Bus between Cities 8% 10% -2


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2002 2001 % Change
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Prepaid Package 5% 2% 132%
First International Trip 13% 18% -27%
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 25.3 27.4 -8%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. n/a $96 n/a
Average Number of States Visited 1.9 1.9 0%


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