|2000 Monthly Tourism Statistics|
|2000 Quarterly Analysis on Arrivals to the United States - Half Year|
The information presented in this analysis is from Tourism Industriesí monthly publication June 2000 & Year-To-Date Summary of International Travel to the United States, and information pertaining to estimates for travel and passenger fare exports and imports were obtained from the U.S. Department of Commerce, BEA.
Analysis for June 2000 and Year To Date Arrivals To the United States
The first half of the year 2000 showed a strong growth of 9 percent for international visitor arrivals totaling 20.9 million, after almost no growth during the first quarter of last year.† This half year growth was accompanied by a strong increase in travel receipts, up 11 percent for the first half of 2000.† The strong growth in arrivals is attributable to strong growth in most major travel markets, with the exception of four countries.† Arrivals from Asia were not only positive, but had strong double-digit growth of 11 percent† for the first half of 2000, compared to the same period last year.† Last year, Asian arrivals were at a decline of almost 1 percent for the first half of 1999.† The Pacific region or Oceania (a collective name of islands in the south, west, and central Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and other islands) also had a much stronger growth for 2000, up 13 percent compared to the first half of last year which had a moderate increase of 1 percent.† Western European arrivals remained strong, up 8 percent compared to the first half of 1999.† South American arrivals were up 5 percent for the first half of 2000 compared to the same period in 1999.† The growth in South American arrivals for 2000 was good news, after experiencing a 4 percent drop during the first half of 1999.
Top Markets† [This information is also available for 9 world regions and 90 countries by subscribing to TIís Summary of International Travel to the United States.]
Japanese arrivals grew by 7 percent totaling 2.4 million arrivals for the first half of 2000, after experiencing declines in 1999.† This reflects Japanís recovering economy since Japanís financial crisis in 1998.† April and February were the strongest growth months during the first half of 2000.† This volume increase was accompanied by a 13 percent growth in travel receipts, totaling 7 billion U.S. dollars that were spent by Japanese visitors during first half of 2000.
British arrivals continued its strong growth, up 13 percent, totaling 2.2 million arrivals for the first half of 2000.† This increase is almost double the growth during the first half of 1999.† Most of the increase was in April and February.† British total expenditures increased as well, up 13 percent totaling 5.4 billion U.S. dollars for the first half of 2000 compared to the same period last year.† The top ports of entry for British travelers were: New York (JFK), Orlando International, Newark, Los Angeles, Sanford Orlando International, Miami, and Chicago.† This information is also available for 9 world regions and 30 countries, and 40 ports-of-entry by subscribing to TIís Summary of International Travel to the United States.†
German arrivals were down 5 percent, totaling 884,000 arrivals for the first half of 2000 compared to the same period last year.† This is a result of the declines for most of the months except April which experienced a 31 percent growth compared to the same month in 1999.† These declines are despite Germanyís growing economy.† The German Mark depreciated against the U.S. dollar in the year 2000 compared to the previous year, (currently 2.2 German Marks per U.S. Dollar) which could explain some of the decline in arrivals.
Other European Highlights:
Other Asian/Pacific Highlights:
Australian arrivals for the first half of 2000 increased double digit, up 16 percent totaling 260,000 arrivals compared to the first half of 1999.† The months with the greatest growth were April and May.† This increase in volume was accompanied by an increase in U.S. travel receipts from Australia, up 11 percent totaling 1.2 billion U.S. dollars† for the first half of 2000 compared to the same period last year.† Arrivals from New Zealand increased as well, up 10 percent totaling 79,000 arrivals for the first half of 2000 compared to the same period in 1999.
Other Latin American Highlights:
Colombian and Venezuelan arrivals were down slightly in the first half of 2000.† Argentine arrivals were up 3 percent for the first quarter of 2000 after a 3 percent drop last year.†††
To obtain additional information on arrivals to the United States, please consider subscribing to the monthly, quarterly, and/or annual Summary of International Travel to the United States.† This report has 28 tables.† Each table has two Sections, arrivals by volume and percent changes for the current month and year-to-date arrivals.† Within the report arrivals data are provided for 9 world regions and more than 90 countries.† To learn more about this report, visit TIís website at
SUMMARY TABLE OF INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS
* Mexican tourist arrivals reflect air travelers and approximately 35 percent of total land travel.
For more information on monthly arrivals, quarterly performance and other visitor arrivals statistics for the United States visit Tourism Industries web site at http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html or contact Michelle Greenberg at 202-482-0140.