US international visitation up three percent

The US Department of Commerce today announced that 4.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in February 2014, a three percent increase over February 2013.

US international visitation up three percent

The US Department of Commerce today announced that 4.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in February 2014, a three percent increase over February 2013. February 2014 registered the 7th straight month of increases in total US visits.

In February 2014, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada decreased two percent while visits from Mexico grew 19 percent. Japan (-18%), the United Kingdom (-1%) and Brazil (+8%)
rounded out the top five.

Of the nine(1) major overseas regional markets, six regions recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States in February 2014. Three of these regions recorded double-digit increases.

For the first two months of 2014, international visits (9.5 million) were up four percent compared to the same period in 2013.

Highlights(2)

Top 10 Countries

In February 2014, five of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits.

During the first two months of 2014, eight of the top 10 countries (sort based on February 2014) posted increases in non-resident visits to the United States.

Top 10 Countries (Sort based on February 2014)

Country of Residence % Change February
2014 vs. 2013 % Change YTD February
2014 vs. 2013
Canada -2% -1%
Mexico 19% 13%
Japan -18% -11%
United Kingdom -1% 1%
Brazil 8% 5%
People’s Republic of China (EXCL HK) -4% 17%
Germany 2% 3%
France 14% 12%
South Korea -10% 2%
Argentina 9% 10%

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Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

In February 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (1.9 million) were down one percent over February 2013, accounting for 43 percent of total international visits to the United States.

During the first two months of 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (4.2 million) were up four percent compared to the same period of 2013, accounting for 44 percent of total international visits.

Top Ports: YTD February 2014

YTD February 2014, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 86 percent of all overseas visits-one percentage point higher than last year. The top three ports (Miami, New York JFK and Los Angeles) accounted for 42 percent of all overseas arrivals, a little more than half a percentage point more than last year. Thirteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first two months of 2014. Six of these ports posted double-digit increases.

(1) The nine major overseas regions are Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

(2) Throughout this report, percent changes for international visitation to the United States for February 2014 were calculated by comparing data in February 2014 to data in February 2013. Also, percent changes posted for year to date 2014 were calculated by comparing data for January – February 2014 to data for January – February 2013.

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