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Double-Digit Growth in Overseas Visitation in 2004

July 5, 2005

Double-Digit Growth in Overseas Visitation in 2004
July 5, 2005 – The U.S. Commerce Department reports 32 cities and 22 states/territories posted double-digit growth in visitation in 2004. Among the top 20 cities visited, New York City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Chicago posted the strongest growth for 2004. Among the top 20 states/territories visited, Virginia, New York, Arizona and Utah posted the largest growth rates when comparing annual 2004 to 2003 visitation growth estimates.


"The 13 percent growth in arrivals to the U.S. for 2004 represents the best single-year growth in overseas arrivals to the country since 1995," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Services Douglas B. Baker, said. "The strong showing by U.S. destinations illustrates the diversity and interest that international visitors have in our states, cities and territories."


Highlights of International Arrivals to the United States

  • New York surpassed Florida as the top state/territory visited by overseas travelers in 2004. California was the third-most popular destination.
  • New York, Florida, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Guam all hosted more than one million visitors in 2004.
  • Among the top 20 states, Virginia, New York, Arizona, and Utah posted the strongest growth.
  • The top cities visited by overseas travelers in 2004 were: New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Honolulu, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C. All hosted more than one million visitors in 2004.
  • The strongest growth in visitation among the top 20 cities visited were New York City, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and Chicago.

The Commerce Department also released visitation estimates by world region and for more than 20 countries. The market profiles not only provide census region, state/territory and city visitation estimates; they also illustrate some of the key traveler characteristics of overseas travelers to the United States.

To view the top states visited in 2004, visit To view the top cities and Hawaiian Islands visited, please click on

To see the state and city visitation estimates for the top nine world regions and more than 20 countries, as well as an analyses developed for destinations visited in 2004, go to OTTI’s web site at:

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