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 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Arrivals 1,059 1,087 876 734 689 775 879 -180
% Change 5% 3% -19% -16% -6% 12% 13% -17%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS1(in millions)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 pr Change 2005/1999
Receipts $2,330 $2,637 $2,165 $1,974 $1,739 $2,008 n/a n/a
% Change -1% 13% -18% -9% -12% 15% n/a n/a


FRENCH VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES2
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 37.8% 332 31.0% 240
PACIFIC 30.5% 268 30.3% 235
SOUTH ATLANTIC 26.7% 235 30.3% 235
MOUNTAIN ** ** 17.3% 134
         
New York 32.7% 287 28.4% 220
California 29.7% 261 27.7% 215
Florida ** ** 15.8% 122


FRENCH VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES2
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
New York City 30.5% 268 26.4% 205
San Francisco ** ** 14.1% 109


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2005 2004 % Point Change3
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)      
     Vacation / Holiday 55% 53% 2
     Visit Friends and Relatives 37% 43% -6
     Business 30% 30% -1
     Attend Convention 8% 6% 2
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)      
     Rented Automobile 38% 34% 4
     Airline in U.S 19% 24% -5
     Company or Private Automobile 18% 23% -5
     Rail between Cities 17% 16% 1
     Bus between Cities 10% 12% -2


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2005 2004 % Point
Change or
% Change 3
Prepaid Package 16% 13% 3 pts.
First International Trip to U.S. 25% 18% 8 pts.
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 15.4 16.4 -6%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $110 $100 10%
Average Number of States Visited 1.7 1.6 6%

 

Notes:
(1)  Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.
 
(2)  Only census region, state, and city destinations having a sample size of 100 or more are displayed. Due to quarterly data weighting by country and port of entry, some unreported destinations may have a higher proportion of total than those reported.
 
(3)  Percentage-point and percentage changes are based on non-rounded data.
 
(pr)    Preliminary estimate subject to revision.
 
(n/a) Estimate not yet available.
 
(**)  Estimate not shown due to sample size fewer than 100.
 
Note: This profile shows only a few of the 35 travel characteristics data reported on international arrivals to the U.S. Additional information may be obtained for a fee. To learn more, please visit our website: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/ifs/index.html
 
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries; Bureau of Economic Analysis
 
Publication Date: May 2006