Market Profile: China (Peoples' Republic of China)
Chinese Arrivals to the U.S.
 
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Market Profile: China (Peoples' Republic of China)
CHINESE ARRIVALS TO THE U.S.


TRENDS IN ARRIVALS 1(in thousands)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Total Arrivals 191 249 232 226 157 203 270 79
% Change -9% 30% -7% -3% -31% 29% 33% 42%


TRENDS IN RECEIPTS 2(in millions)
Year 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Change 2005/1999
Total Receipt s $777 $1,120 $1,012 $958 $690 $894 $1,181 404
% Change -32% 44% -10% -5% -28% 30% 32% 52%


CHINESE VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO CENSUS REGIONS AND STATES 3
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 20044 Volume 20044
PACIFIC 56.0% 151 50.9% 103
MIDDLE ATLANTIC 36.8% 99 35.2% 71
         
California 54.2% 146 47.6% 97
New York 31.2% 84 29.4% 60


CHINESE VISITATION ESTIMATES (Market Share & Volume in thousands)
VISITATION TO THE CITIES 3
  Market Share 2005 Volume 2005 Market Share 2004 4 Volume 2004 4
Los Angeles 30.7% 83 29.6% 60
New York City 30.5% 82 28.0% 57


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS
(by Percentage Point Change)
  2005 2004 4 % Point Change5
Purpose of Trip: (multiple response)      
     Business 55% 57% -3
     Visit Friends and Relatives 39% 37% 3
     Vacation / Holiday 33% 35% -2
     Attend Convention 13% 15% -2
Transportation Types Used in U.S.: (multiple response)      
     Airline in U.S 46% 48% -2
     Company or Private Automobile 45% 38% 8
     Rented Automobile 30% 29% 1
     Bus between Cities 9% 11% -2
     Rail between Cities 12% 10% 2


SELECTED TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS (by Percent Change)
  2005 2004 4 % Point
Change or
% Change 5
Prepaid Package 13% 10% 3 pts.
First International Trip to U.S. 37% 40% -3 pts.
Average Length of Stay in U.S. (nights) 30.0 26.9 12%
Daily Visitor Spending in U.S. n/a $90 n/a
Average Number of States Visited 2.1 1.9 11%

 

Notes:
(1)  This profile only includes Chinese visitors from the Peoples Republic of China. The "China" profile combines visitors from the PRC and from Hong Kong. For perspective, visitors from the PRC account for 67% of all China visitors in 2005.
 
(2) Excluding passenger fare receipts/exports.
 
(3) 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.
 
(4) Due to low respondent base, 2004 estimates are based on 2003 plus 2004 weighted proportions applied to 2004 volume totals.
 
(5) Percentage-point and percentage changes are based on non-rounded data.
 
(n/a)   Estimate not yet available.
 
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