|International Arrivals To The United States For June and Second Quarter 2004|
The U.S. welcomed 9.6 million international visitors in the second quarter of 2004. This was an increase of 20 percent compared to the second quarter 2003. All of the top 20 visitor markets registered gains for the quarter.
Total international arrivals (includes overseas,
Canada and Mexico) to the U.S. began on a positive note in 2004,
with the first quarter being up 12 percent. This followed the lead
of the fourth quarter 2003, which was up three percent and the only
quarter to experience growth last year. April arrivals jumped by
28 percent, May increased by 20 percent and June was up 13 percent,
with significant contributions to growth from Overseas markets.
The larger increases in April and May were not surprising given
last year’s occurrence of the Iraqi War (commencing 3/19)
and the SARS epidemic in March 2003. Also, 2Q 2004 was up 10 percent
from 2Q 2002, but was still down almost 12 percent compared to 2Q
The increase in overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) was again the major driver to the overall increase in international tourism during 2Q. Overseas arrivals totaled 5.1 million in the second quarter, up 27 percent. Monthly contributions were as follows: April, up 33 percent, May and June, each up 24 percent.
Travel to the U.S. increased from ALL world regions in the second quarter of 2004. Visitation from Western Europe and Asia accounted for three-quarters of all overseas arrivals.
Arrivals from Western Europe totaled 2.4 million for 2Q, up 20 percent. Monthly contributions were as follows: April, up 26 percent, May and June each up 17 percent. The U. K. and Germany (see country synopsis, below) accounted for 60 percent of the arrivals from the region.
Asian travelers totaled 1.45 million for 2Q, up 54 percent. Monthly contributions were as follows: April, up 68 percent, May, up 54 percent and June, up 43 percent. Japan continues to be the major driver in this region (see country synopsis, below).
The turnaround story continues to be South America. Registering 410,000 arrivals in 2Q, up 16 percent, South America experienced two successive positive quarters for the first time since the first quarter of 2001! Brazil was the strong performer in the region again this quarter (see country analysis, below). Venezuela is reversing its 2003 trend of chronic double-digit declines by registering growth rates of 17 percent in the second quarter. Colombia was negative for most of 2003, but has two quarters of growth in 2004, up 13 percent for 2Q. Arrivals from Argentina, a smaller market with 44,000 travelers in 2Q, grew 30 percent for the quarter.
The remaining world regions continued to show improvement in the
Top Visitor Markets:
Top 20 markets in order of 2003 rankings based on the number of arrivals.
In fact, during the first half, arrivals to the U.S. interior*
were up eight percent. In the second quarter, over 1.0 million Mexicans
visited the U.S. interior, up nine percent. Monthly contributions
were as follows: April, up 16 percent, May, up two percent and June,
up six percent. Of total arrivals to the U.S. interior in June,
118,000 traveled by air, up 15 percent from June 2003.
In fact, U. K. visitation increased 15 percent in the first quarter. Arrivals totaled 1.1 million in the second quarter, up 12 percent. Monthly contributions were as follows: April, up 19 percent, May, up six percent and June, up 11 percent. The U. K. was the only one of the top five inbound markets to show annual growth in 2003, at three percent. Including 2Q 2004, there have been five successive quarterly increases in arrivals from the U. K.
The U. K. accounted for 46 percent of all arrivals from Western Europe in the second quarter.
Second quarter arrivals accounted for 60 percent of all Asian visitors.
In fact, German visitation increased 21 percent in the first quarter. Arrivals totaled 356,000 in the second quarter, up 22 percent. Monthly contributions were as follows: April, up 20 percent, May, up 28 percent and June, up 17 percent. Second quarter 2004 marks the third successive quarterly increase in arrivals from Germany.
PRC & Hong Kong:
PRC visitation jumped 96 percent and Hong Kong increased by 49 percent in June.
TOP PORTS January - June 2004
In addition to tracking arrivals to the country, on a monthly basis,
OTTI also has data on arrivals for over 40 ports of entry by all
world regions and 30 countries. A brief analysis is presented on
the top 15 ports for overseas arrivals June 2004 year-to-date.
All top fifteen ports posted increased arrivals. Agana (Guam), Newark, Sanford and New York registered the largest increases, at 69 percent, 30 percent, 30 percent and 27 percent, respectively.
New York held on as the leading port of entry for the first half. Newark jumped from seventh to fifth, ahead of San Francisco and Chicago. Boston moved up from fourteenth to twelfth, ahead of Houston. Houston dropped from twelfth to thirteenth displacing Detroit to the fourteenth spot.
To access top port activity, go to: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2004-I-001/port_entry04_q2.html
OUTLOOK (for Q3 and Q4)
The U.S. Department of Commerce Travel Barometer reported that in the German – U.S. market:
The Air Transport Association reported that International traffic (enplanements) in July (ATA), increased by 15 percent over July 2003. (This should only be viewed as a loose predicator of arrival traffic for two reasons: 1. I-94 arrival data reflects only non-resident in-bound traffic to the U.S., traveling on either U.S. or foreign air carriers; 2. ATA traffic is only reported on US based carriers and is an aggregate of both resident and non-resident travel). Nevertheless, given the apparent correlation between enplanements and arrivals, it would be reasonable to expect double-digit growth in July for overseas arrivals.
The above analysis is a synopsis of the world regions and the top
markets generating arrivals to the United States. Arrival statistics
for the top countries and world regions may be accessed on-line
from the monthly section of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office
of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) web site at:
Once on this page, there are numerous links to tables that provide arrivals for the top arrival markets to the United States. Please take a look at each of the links available.
The monthly Summary of International Travel to the U.S. report has approximately 30 tables that provide data on monthly and year-to-date arrivals to the country. The report provides data on approximately 90 countries each month and over 40 ports-of-entry. Numerous breakouts are provided by world region, countries and for the port tables as well. To learn more about this program, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/programs/i94/index.html
If you would like to purchase the monthly international arrival
reports for 2004, please go to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/reports/i94/index.html