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International Arrivals to The U.S. Hit Double-Digits

May 10, 2004

International Arrivals to The U.S. Hit Double-Digits
May 10, 2004 – The Office of Travel & Tourism Industries reports that the United States welcomed 2.5 million international visitors in February. This is a 13 percent increase over February 2003 and an 11 percent increase from 2002. In addition, the February results also reflect the fifth consecutive month of positive growth, making February 2004 year-to-date up seven percent overall.

All regions showed positive growth in February 2004. Some numbers include:

  • Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) were up 11 percent, totaling 1.4 million.
  • 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.
  • Latin American visitation 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 percent.
  • North American (Canada and Mexico) visitation was up with Canadian visitation having increased by 15 percent and Mexican arrivals up almost 17 percent.
  • Canadian arrivals totaled 884,154, up 15 percent for February and seven percent year-to-date.
  • Arrivals from Mexico (219,639 traveling to interior U.S. points) grew by almost 17 percent for the month and three percent year-to-date.
  • United Kingdom visitation increased by seven percent in February, with 300,000 arrivals. This marked the 12th monthly increase in the last thirteen months.
  • Top port overseas arrivals for February year-to-date, were up eight percent, the same as the increase in all overseas arrivals.
  • Eleven of the top fifteen airports posted increased arrivals.

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