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Q: Index of International travel to the US ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Index of International travel to the US
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: jmhines123-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 11 Jun 2004 08:43 PDT
Expires: 11 Jul 2004 08:43 PDT
Question ID: 359704
I am looking for a resource that tracks trends and projects the volume
of travel to the United States from all major countries around the
world.  I need it in terms of # of travelers, not just gross dollars.

Ultimately, my goal is to use this resource to better understand which
world consumers see travel to the US as attractive given current and
future exchange rates and cultural perspectives.

Great answeres get great tips.
Subject: Re: Index of International travel to the US
Answered By: larre-ga on 11 Jun 2004 12:21 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for asking!

I have located sources of statistical data, reports, and analysis that
provide the requested information about inbound travelers to the US
and forecasts of the industry in individual countries.


The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries of the United States
Department of Commerce gathers and correlates U.S. travel statistics.
The data comes from U.S. Customs as well as inflight surveys by
inbound travelers.

The following press release issued in May, 2004 demonstrates the
nature of the data collection and analysis available through this
agency. Most reports are available by either region or country.
Statistics and raw data are, most often, available in (free) online
format(s), some analysis and periodic reports are only available in
printed form, with fees of $25 and up.


            Double Digit Growth, ALL Regions Positive

The U.S. welcomed 2.5 million international visitors in February, a 13
percent increase over February 2003 and an 11 percent increase from
2002. This also marked the fifth consecutive month of positive growth,
continuing from the 4th quarter 2003. February 2004 year-to-date was
up seven percent.

All regions showed positive growth in February 2004, as follows: 

-- Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) were up 11
   percent, totaling 1.4 million, with positive contributions coming
   from all regions. February year-to-date overseas arrivals were up
   eight percent.
-- Western Europe was up 10 percent for the month, due to significant
   growth in arrivals from all countries. 
-- Asian visitation also grew 11 percent in February with strong
   growth coming from all countries. 
-- Latin American visitation, overall, was up for the first time since
   2002, with South and Central America having increased by 16 and six
   percent, respectively. Arrivals from the Caribbean were up by 17
-  Oceania jumped by 24 percent due to an increase in Australia 
-- Other overseas regions experiencing growth were: Eastern Europe, up
   10 percent, Middle East up three percent and arrivals from Africa
   up by four percent. 
-- North American (Canada and Mexico) visitation was up with Canadian
   visitation having increased by 15 percent and Mexican arrivals up
   almost 17 percent. 

The January 5, 2004 U.S. Department of Homeland Security
implementation of the US?VISIT border management program (Biometric
identifiers were captured from those visitors who required a visa to
enter the U.S.), at major U.S. ports of entry, again did not appear to
deter travel from non-Visa Waiver country travelers. In fact, February
arrivals from the non-Visa Waiver countries were up 11 percent, on par
with the overall growth in overseas arrivals. In particular, Brazil
was up 26 percent, India, up 18 percent, South Korea, up 13 percent
and Malaysia, up 16 percent.

Press Release - February 2004 International Arrivals to the U.S.

These are a few of the publications available from OTTI programs. The
link below each heading will take you to the directories of available
publications. A master link (bottom of this section) provides access
to all the available programs.

Basic Market Analysis Program

-- International Arrivals To U.S. By Country Of Residency Historical 
   Visitation INBOUND - 1994-2000
-- Arrivals to the U.S. 2000 and 1999 (All Countries by Residency)  
-- Top 55 Overseas Markets for International Visitor Arrivals to the
   United States 2000 and 1999 
-- Top 50 Markets for International Visitor Arrivals to the United 
   States 2000 and 1999  
-- Forecast of International Travel  

Survey of International Air Travelers (In-Flight Survey) Program

-- In-Flight Survey - Inbound National Report 2003
-- In-Flight Survey (by country) - Netherlands to the U.S. 2003

Visitor Arrivals Program (I-94 Form)

-- Monthly Arrivals (by year)

Forecast of International Arrivals to the U.S. Program

Forecast of International Travel - April 2004

International Arrivals to the U.S. - Historical Visitation 1996-2003

The Travel Barometer Program (Market Forecasts/Fee Supported Program

The Barometer is a qualitative survey designed to collect input from
active travel trade working in-country to sell and promote travel to
the United States. The quarterly Barometer survey provides a
short-term forecast on travel demand and market conditions in each of
the participating countries.

The Barometer surveys are conducted quarterly via the on-line
Barometer system and report travel demand 3-6 months out. Results are
developed and reported quickly. Subscribers access results using a
password-protected system. Three subscription options provide
suppliers, DMO's and marketers with input from key in-country partners
in a consistent and qualitative survey.

Prices range from $800 to $4,999 USD. 

Travel Barometer Program

Master OTTI Program Listing


Though the Tourism Satellite Accounting Program, the World Travel and
Tourism Council offers simplified country by country forecasts online.
Each forecast is a .pdf document, somewhat reminiscent of a Power
Point presentation, however each report contains salient forecast
statistics current travel and trends in each country. The forecast
percentages can be used in conjunction with visitor arrival numbers to
project trends and growth figures. Table of Contents begin on Page 5
of each report.

The site is framed - you may navigate from the home page following the
TSA Research link, or use these "unframed" links.

Country Reports - Albania to Zimbabwe

Regional Reports

World Report

World Travel and Tourism Council Homepage (Click on TSA Research)

Search Strategy

Google Search Terms:

u.s. tourism statistics
u.s. travel statistics arrivals
country travel forecasts

I hope you find these sources useful. Thank you for once again
bringing your question to us. If you have questions about the material
or links provided, please, feel free to ask for clarification.

Best regards,

jmhines123-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00
PERFECT!  Just the information I need.  Thanks

Subject: Re: Index of International travel to the US
From: larre-ga on 11 Jun 2004 16:58 PDT
Thanks for the rating and tip! ---l

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