|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2004
JUNE SHOWS DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITATION
Commerce Numbers Reveal 16 Percent Growth For First Six Months of 2004
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 3.1 million international
visitors traveled to the United States in June 2004, an increase of 13
percent over June 2003. Arrivals for June 2004 year-to-date totaled 17.6
million, an increase of 16 percent from the same period last year.
"Travelers from all over the world are visiting the United States
in higher numbers compared to last year," said Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Commerce for Services Douglas B. Baker. "This provides a tremendous
boost to the U.S. economy as well as the U.S. travel and tourism industry."
Highlights of June 2004 International Arrivals to
the United States from Top Markets
- Overseas arrivals (not inclusive of Canada and Mexico) increased by
24 percent over June of 2003 and increased 21 percent for the first
six months of 2004. Following a trend set early in the year positive
contributions were noted from all world regions.
- Asian visitation increased 43 percent over June of 2003 and increased
by 32 percent for the first six months of 2004. Japanese arrivals grew
by 55 percent in June and were up 36 percent for the first six months,
accounting for almost two-thirds of all Asian visitors.
- Western European visitation levels were up 17 percent in June, and
up 18 percent for the first six months of 2004 over 2003, supported
by growth from all top markets.
- United Kingdom visitation increased 11 percent over June of 2003 and
was up by almost 14 percent for the first six months. This growth maintains
the U.K. as the top overseas market for the United States.
- German visitation increased by 17 percent compared to June of 2003
and was up 21 percent year-to-date 2004 over 2003.
- Arrivals from South America increased 16 percent over June of 2003,
led by Venezuela and Colombia, which were up 22 percent and 20 percent,
respectively, for the month. South American visitation was up 12 percent
- The number of travelers from Oceania increased 47 percent over June
of 2003, with Australian arrivals up 50 percent. Oceania year-to-date
visitation increased by 33 percent.
- Canadian visitation declined by nearly two percent over June of 2003,
however, year-to-date was up 12 percent compared to the same period
- Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) grew by six
percent over June of 2003 and eight percent for the first six months
To access 2004 arrivals data for world regions and top markets, visit