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April 21, 2004
  Contact: Matt Englehart
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The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced January 2004 saw an increase in international visitation levels to the United States, welcoming 2.4 million visitors. Total international arrivals rose by almost 2 percent since January of 2003.

"During 2003, international visitors to the United States added $81 billion to the U.S. economy," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Service Industries, Tourism and Finance Douglas B. Baker. "The continued rise in tourism in 2004 is a welcome trend for additional job growth here at home."

January 2004 marked the fourth consecutive month of growth in international arrivals, continuing from the 4th quarter 2003. During January 2003, arrivals increased 5 percent over 2002.

Highlights of International Arrivals to the United States from Top Markets

  • Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) rose 5 percent, totaling 1.3 million, with significant travel from Western Europe, Asia and Oceania. This follows a 3 percent growth from the 4th quarter of 2003.

  • United Kingdom visitation increased by 11 percent in January, with 232,000 arrivals - one of the strongest monthly performances among major countries. This marked the eleventh monthly increase over the last thirteen months.

  • Japanese arrivals were up 9 percent in January, totaling 285,000 visitors. This follows a positive 4th quarter during which visitation was up 3 percent.

  • German visitation to the U.S. increased by 8 percent, totaling 67,000 for the month. This also follow a solid 4th quarter performance during which arrivals increased by 5 percent.

To access 2004 arrivals data for top markets, please visit http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/research/monthly/index.html.

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