US international visitation down one percent in March 2014

The US Department of Commerce today announced that 5.8 million international visitors traveled to the United States in March 2014, a one percent decrease in non-resident visits when compared to March

US international visitation down one percent in March 2014

The US Department of Commerce today announced that 5.8 million international visitors traveled to the United States in March 2014, a one percent decrease in non-resident visits when compared to March 2013.

In March 2014, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada decreased five percent while visits from Mexico grew 28 percent. Japan (-6%), the United Kingdom (-21%) and Brazil (+7%) rounded out the top five.

Of the nine(1) major overseas regional markets, four regions recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States in March 2014: Eastern Europe (+20%), Asia (+1%), Middle East (+2%) and Africa (11%).

For the first three months of 2014, international visits (15.3 million) were up two percent compared to the same period in 2013.

Highlights

Top 10 Countries

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

During the first three months of 2014, again, five 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 March 2014)

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Country of Residence % Change March
2014 vs. 2013 % Change YTD March
2014 vs. 2013
Canada -5% -3%
Mexico 28% 18%
Japan -6% -9%
United Kingdom -21% -10%
Brazil 7% 5%
Germany -20% -9%
People’s Republic of China (EXCL HK) 21% 18%
France 6% 10%
South Korea 6% 3%
Argentina -14% -6%

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

In March 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.3 million) were down eight percent when compared to March 2013, accounting for 40 percent of total international visits to the United States.

During the first three months of 2014, non-resident visits from overseas countries (6.5 million) were down one percent compared to the same period of 2013, accounting for 43 percent of total international visits.

Top Ports: YTD March 2014

YTD March 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 (New York JFK, Miami and Los Angeles) accounted for 42 percent of all overseas arrivals, a little less than half a percentage point more than last year. Ten of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals during the first three months of 2014. Three of these ports posted double-digit increases.

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