|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2005
INTERNATIONAL VISITATION TO THE U.S. GROWS THROUGH
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.3 million international
visitors traveled to the United States in August 2005, an increase of
almost 7 percent over August 2004. Arrivals were also up 8 percent for
the first eight months of 2005 compared to 2004.
"International visitation to the United States continued to expand
through August," said Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services
Al Frink. "We recorded double-digit growth from several major markets,
which is good news for the U.S. economy."
Highlights of August 2005 and Year-to-Date International
Arrivals to the United States
- Canadian visitation grew 9 percent over August of 2004 and also for
the first eight months of 2005 compared to 2004 (year-to-date).
- Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) rose by 11
percent over August of 2004. Overall, year-to-date arrivals were up
- Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) increased 4 percent
over August of 2004 and by 7 percent year-to-date.
- Visitation from Western Europe grew 3 percent over August of 2004
and was up 7 percent year-to-date. Double-digit growth in August arrivals
was noted from Italy and Spain. Arrivals from Eastern Europe continue
to grow, up 15 percent for the first eight months of 2005.
- Arrivals from the United Kingdom declined by 4 percent compared to
August of 2004, although arrivals were up for the first eight months
of 2005 over 2004.
- German arrivals grew 3 percent in August and year-to-date arrivals
grew 8 percent.
- Visitation from Asia increased 5 percent for August and 6 percent
year-to-dare. Japanese arrivals decreased almost 2 percent for the month,
but are up 3 percent year-to-date. Japanese visitors accounted for 61
percent of all Asian visitors in the first eight months of 2005. Arrivals
from South Korea and the People's Republic of China/Hong Kong grew by
double-digits in August.
- Arrivals from South America were up 11 percent for the August and
year-to-date. Double-digit growth in visitation was recorded from Brazil
in August and the year-to-date, and from Venezuela in August.
- Travel from Oceania increased 5 percent in August and 10 percent for
the year. Australia registered an eight percent increase over August
2004 and 10 percent year-to-date.
- Arrivals from the Middle East increased 3 percent in August and were
up 8 percent for the year-to-date. Visitation from Africa increased
by 7 percent in August.
To access the 2005 monthly arrivals data for world regions and top markets,