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U.S. International Arrivals Up

August 10, 2005

U.S. International Arrivals Up
August 10, 2005 – The U.S. Department of Commerce has released figures showing that over 12 million international visitors traveled to the United States during the first four months of 2005. This is an increase of eight percent over the same period in 2004.

Other highlights related to international arrivals are:

  • Canadian visitation grew by two percent during April and eight percent through the first four months of 2005 as compared to 2004.


  • Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) were down 41 percent in April, reflecting a change in the Easter holiday. Overall, year-to-date Mexican arrivals were up by eight percent.


  • Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) increased two percent over April of last year and seven percent for the year-to-date.


  • Visitation from Western Europe saw a slight decline from last April, but visitation for the year still remains up by eight percent.


  • Visitation from the United Kingdom decreased by roughly seven percent for the month but the year remains up by four percent from 2004.


  • German arrivals were also down for April, (nearly six percent) as compared to April of last year. Year-to-date visitation still remains up by seven percent.


  • Visitation from Asia increased almost eight percent for April and five percent for the year-to-date. Japanese arrivals increased by nearly six percent for the month and four percent for the year. Japanese visitors accounted for roughly 65 percent of all Asian visitors for 2005 thus far.


  • South America saw a growth of two percent and nine percent in visitation for April and the year-to-date, respectively. Central America saw a two percent decrease for April, but remains up by10 percent for the year. Strong growth was noted from Brazil, who saw increases of nearly 27 percent for the month.


  • The number of travelers from Oceania increased six percent for April and is up 10 percent from last year; Australia registered an increase of nearly five percent for the month of April.

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