Market Profile: China
Chinese Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Market Profile: China
CHINESE ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.
(This is a combined People's Republic of China and Hong Kong Profile)


TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
Total Arrivals **** 432 422 384 453 403 361 271 -161
% Change -2% -2% -9% 18% -11% -10% -25% -37%
Arrivals People's Republic of China 210 209 191 249 232 226 157 -53
% Change 6% 0% -9% 30% -7% -3% -31% -25%
Arrivals from Hong Kong 222 213 193 203 170 135 114 -108
% Change -8% -4% -9% 5% -16% -21% -16% -49%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS* (in millions)
Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Change
2003/1997
Total Receipts $1,842 $1,886 $1,475 $1,934 $1,659 $1,372 n/a n/a
% Change 29% 2% -22% 31% -14% -17% n/a n/a
Receipts People's Republic of China $1,101 $1,140 $777 $1,120 $1,012 $958 n/a n/a
% Change 36% 4% -32% 44% -10% -5% n/a n/a
Receipts from Hong Kong $741 $746 $698 $814 $647 -$414 n/a n/a
% Change 19% 1% -6% 17% -21% -36% n/a n/a


CHINESE VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES **
  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
PACIFIC 53.3% 144 56.2% 203
California 49.8% 135 53.8% 194


CHINESE VISITATION ESTIMATES
(Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES **
  Market Share 2003 Volume 2003 Market Share 2002 Volume 2002
San Francisco *** *** 28.2% 102


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2003 2002 % Point Change
****
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
Business 58% 52% 6
Visit Friends and Relatives 42% 44% -2
Vacation / Holiday 39% 42% -2
Attend Convention 12% 9% 3
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
Airline in U.S. 38% 42% -4
Company or Private Automobile 36% 40% -5
Rented Automobile 24% 33% -9
Bus between Cities 10% 9% 1
Rail between Cities 7% 5% 2


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percent Change)
  2003 2002 % point change or % Change
****
Prepaid Package 8% 8% 0 pts
First International Trip 26% 12% 14 pts
Ave. Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 21.0 15.9 32%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $115 $101 14%
Average Number of States Visited 1.7 1.8 -6%

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). Respondent base includes China and Hong Kong combined to provide a China estimate.

*** 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