Market Profile: South America
South American to the U.S.
 
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Regional Profile: South America
South American Arrivals To The U.S.

TRENDS IN ARRIVALS (in thousands)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Arrivals 2,733 2,941 2,531 1,815 1,522 1,645 1,820 -913
% Change -8% 8% -14% -28% -16% 8% 11% -33%

 

TRENDS IN RECEIPTS (in millions)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Receipts n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
% Change n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

 

SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES1
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
SOUTH ATLANTIC 55.9% 1,018 61.7% 1,015
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 24.5% 446 23.7% 390
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL 10.6% 193 9.1% 150
PACIFIC 9.7% 177 11.7% 192
EAST NORTH CENTRAL 9.5% 173 7.2% 118
MOUNTAIN 9.1% 166 7.3% 120
NEW ENGLAND ** ** 4.5% 74
         
Florida 48.2% 877 54.4% 895
New York 22.2% 404 21.0% 345
California 8.8% 160 11.0% 181
Illinois 8.8% 160 4.6% 76
Texas ** ** 7.0% 115
Massachusetts ** ** 3.5% 58

 

SOUTH AMERICAN VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES1
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 Volume 2004
Miami 40.9% 745 43.3% 712
New York City 22.1% 402 20.1% 331
Orlando 14.5% 264 17.6% 290
Chicago 8.2% 149 4.1% 67
Washington, DC (Metro) ** ** 4.6% 76

 

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percentage Point Change)
  2005 2004 % Point Change2
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)
     Vacation / Holiday 48% 51% -3
     Visit Friends and Relatives 43% 48% -5
     Business 26% 27% -1
     Attend Convention 11% 8% 4
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)
     Rented Automobile 36% 33% 3
     Airline in U.S. 29% 29% 0
     Company or Private Automobile 28% 34% -6
     Bus between Cities 7% 8% -2
     Rail between Cities 6% 8% -2

 

SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2005 2004 % Point Change or % Change2
Prepaid Package 6% 6% -1 pt.
First International Trip to U.S. 12% 10% 2 pts.
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 20.2 23.7 -15%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. $90 $72 25%
Average Number of States Visited 1.4 1.4 0%

 

Notes:
(1) 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.
 
(2) Percentage-point and percentage changes are based on non-rounded data.
 
(n/a) Estimate not 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