|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2004
AUGUST SHOWS SOLID GROWTH FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITATION
Commerce Numbers Reveal 13 Percent Growth For First Eight Months of
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.0 million international
visitors traveled to the United States in August 2004, an increase of
four percent over August 2003. Arrivals for August 2004 year-to-date totaled
25.9 million, an increase of 13 percent from the same period last year.
"Our country continues to welcome more visitors from other nations,
and that's great news for the U.S. economy," said Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Commerce for Services Douglas B. Baker. "So far, every
month the United States has welcomed more international travelers than
Highlights of August 2004 International Arrivals to the United
States from Top Markets
- Canadian visitation grew by almost 2 percent over August of 2003 and
year-to-date was up 9 percent compared to the same period last year.
- Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) declined
by 3 percent over August of 2003 but is up almost 7 percent for the
first eight months of 2004.
- Overseas arrivals (not including Canada and Mexico) increased by 8
percent over August of 2003 and increased 18 percent for the first eight
months of 2004.
- Western European visitation levels were up 9 percent over August of
2003, and up 17 percent for the first eight months of 2004 over 2003,
supported by growth from all top markets.
- United Kingdom visitation increased 6 percent over August of 2003
and was up by 13 percent for the first eight months. The U.K. remains
the top overseas market for the United States. German arrivals were
up 10 percent in August and 18 percent in the first eight months of
- Asian visitation increased 7 percent over August of 2003 and increased
by 26 percent for the first eight months of 2004. Japanese arrivals
grew by 14 percent over August of 2003 and were up 31 percent for the
first eight months, accounting for 63 percent of all Asian visitors.
- Arrivals from South America increased 1 percent over August of 2003
and visitation was up 10 percent year-to-date. August results were mixed
with Brazil down 4 percent, but Venezuela up 8 percent for the month.
- The number of travelers from Oceania increased 20 percent over August
of 2003 and visitation increased by 29 percent year-to-date. Australian
arrivals were up 23 percent in August 2004, with year-to-date arrivals
up 32 percent.
To access 2004 arrivals data for world regions and top markets, visit