|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2005
FIRST QUARTER 2005 INTERNATIONAL VISITATION LEVELS
UP 13 PERCENT
Commerce Numbers Show 21 Percent Growth For March 2005, marking 18
straight months of growth
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 9 million international
visitors traveled to the United States during the first quarter of 2005,
an increase of 13 percent over the same period in 2004. Arrivals were
up by 21 percent in March compared to the previous year, the strongest
month of the quarter.
"For 18 consecutive months, the United States has seen growth in
international arrivals," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce
for Services Douglas B. Baker. "The March increase is significantly
higher than the previous year, which shows we are welcoming more visitors
to the United States as our economy expands."
Highlights of First Quarter 2005 International Arrivals to the
- Canadian visitation grew by 14 percent over March of last year, with
the first quarter up 11 percent over 2004.
- Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) more than
doubled (103 percent) in March, resulting in a 40 percent growth for
the 'longer haul' Mexican traveler during the first quarter.
- Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) increased 15 percent
over March of last year, with the first quarter up almost 10 percent.
- Visitation from Western Europe rose over 12 percent during the first
quarter of 2005 with March up over 16 percent from last year.
- Visitation from the United Kingdom increased by 9 percent in the first
quarter and was up over 13 percent in March.
- German arrivals were up 13 percent both for the first quarter and
- Visitation from Asia increased almost 5 percent for the quarter. Japanese
arrivals increased by over 3 percent for the quarter, accounting for
over 65 percent of all Asian visitors.
- Arrivals from Latin America increased by double-digits for both March
and first quarter. South and Central America increased by 11 and 14
percent, respectively, for the first quarter of 2005. Strong growth
was noted from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. The Caribbean
market grew by 16 percent in the first quarter.
- The number of travelers from Oceania increased 12 percent for the
quarter. Australian arrivals were up 13 percent for the quarter.
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