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.


Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
TRENDS IN ARRIVALS
(in thousands)
Arrivals 552 587 625 702 644 483 447 -105
% Change 15% 6% 6% 12% -8% -25% -7% -19%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS*
(in millions)
Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
Receipts $2,316 $2,403 $2,144 $2,235 $2,155 $1,455 n/a n/a
% Change 17% 4% -11% 4% -4% -32% n/a n/a


MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 70.9% 317 64.8% 313
SOUTH ATLANTIC *** *** 34.5% 167
New York 64.0% 286 57.3% 277


MIDDLE EASTERN VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
New York City 62.2% 278 54.7% 264


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2003 2002 % Point Change
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Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Visit Friends and Relatives 53% 57% -4
Vacation / Holiday 49% 48% 1
Business 31% 26% 5
Attend Convention 8% 11% -3
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Airline in U.S. n/a 33% n/a
Rented Automobile n/a 30% n/a
Rail between Cities n/a 14% n/a
Private Automobile n/a 13% n/a
Bus between Cities n/a 8% n/a


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2003 2002 % point change or % Change
****
Prepaid Package 1% 5% -4 pts
First International Trip n/a 13% n/a
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 24.1 25.3 -5%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. n/a n/a n/a
Average Number of States Visited 1.7 1.9 -11%


Notes:
 
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: April 2004