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International visits to the USA up eight percent
16/Dec/2015
WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Commerce today announced that the United States welcomed 6.8 million international visitors in May 2015 - 505,000 more than in May 2014 - an eight percent increase in visitors. May 2015 marked the 17th consecutive month of growth in total U.S. visits since January 2014.

For the first five months of 2014, international visitation (29.8 million) was up four percent compared to the same period in 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS

Top Inbound International Markets

The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Overnight volume from Canada totaled 1.8 million visitors in May 2015, a six percent decline (-6%) compared May 2014. At the same time, Mexico recorded 1.6 million visits to the United States, an increase of 12 percent. The United Kingdom (+23%), Japan (+13%) and Germany (+29%) rounded out the top five inbound markets.

In May 2015 eight of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits. Non-resident visitation from eight of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.

YTD May 2015 nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States.

Top 10 Countries

Country of Residence
(Sorted on May 2015) Percent Change May
2015 vs. 2014 Percent Change YTD May
2015 vs. 2014 Rank for YTD
May 2015

Canada -6% -5% 1
Mexico 12% 7% 2
United Kingdom 23% 12% 3
Japan 13% 2% 4
Germany 29% 14% 7
People's Republic of China (EXCL HK) 23% 19% 5
Brazil 0% 3% 6
France 12% 4% 9
India 21% 20% 11
South Korea 29% 22% 8

Regional Markets

All nine(4) major overseas regional markets recorded increases in non-resident visits to the United States during May 2015: Western Europe (+20%), Asia (+18%), South America (+3%), Oceania (+19%), the Caribbean (+11%), Middle East (+8%), Eastern Europe (+2%), Central America (+11%), and Africa (+8%)

YTD May 2015 only one major regional market recorded a decrease-Eastern Europe (-7%).

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas(5) Countries

May 2015 non-resident visits from overseas countries (3.5 million) were up 15 percent over the same period in 2014.

In May 2015 travel from overseas markets accounted for 50 percent of total arrivals to the United States.

YTD May 2015 overseas resident visits (14.0 million) were up nine percent compared to the first five months of 2014.

Top Ports: YTD May 2015

YTD May 2015 visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 85.4 percent of all overseas visits compared to 84.5 percent in 2014.

The top three ports (New York [JFK], Miami, and Los Angeles) accounted for 41.5 percent of all overseas arrivals compared to 41.8 percent in 2014.

Fourteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first five months of 2015. Nine of these ports recorded double-digit increases.

Pleasure Travel vs. Business Travel: YTD May 2015

During the first five months of 2015, of the top 20 overseas countries with visits to the United States, more than 90 percent of the visits recorded from Brazil (91%), Argentina (92%) and Ecuador (93%) represented pleasure travel to the United States. On the contrary, 25 percent or more of the visits recorded from Germany (26%), Italy (25%) and the Netherlands (29%) represented business travel to the United States.

During the first five months of 2015 for all overseas non-resident visits to the United States, 79.0 percent represented pleasure travel and 17.1 percent represented business travel.
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