The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the United States welcomed 23 million international visitors during the first four months of 2015. 640,000 more travelers visited USA in the first 4 months compare to same period last year. It accounts three percent increase in visitors. April 2015 marked the 16th consecutive month of growth in total U.S. visits since January 2014. 6.5 million international visitors traveled to the United States in April, up 0.4% compared to April 2014.
Top Inbound International Markets
- The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Overnight volume from Canada totaled 7 million visitors during the first four months of 2015, a four percent decline (-4%) compared to the first four months of 2014. At the same time, Mexico recorded 5 million visits to the United States, an increase of six percent. The United Kingdom (+9%), Japan (0) and Brazil (+4%) rounded out the top five inbound markets.
- During the first four months of 2015 nine of the top 10 countries posted increases in non-resident visits. Non-resident visitation from two of the top 10 countries registered double-digit increases.
- In April 2015 seven of the top 10 countries posted increases in visitation to the United States.
Top 10 Countries
|Country of Residence
(Sorted on YTD April 2015)
|Percent Change YTD April
2015 vs. 2014
|Percent Change April
2015 vs. 2014
|Rank for April 2015|
|People's Republic of China (EXCL HK)||18%||16%||8|
- Eight of the nine(4) major overseas regional markets recorded an increase in non-resident visits to the United States during the first four months of 2015: Western Europe (+7%), Asia (+10%), South America (+1%), Oceania (+10%), Middle East (+11%), the Caribbean (+11%), Central America (+5%), and Africa (+9%)
- Eastern Europe (-9%) recorded a decrease in visits to the United States for the first four months of 2015.
Non-Resident Visits from Overseas(5) Countries
- YTD April 2015 non-resident visits from overseas countries (10.6 million) were up seven percent over the same period in 2014.
- Travel from overseas markets accounted for 46 percent of total arrivals to the United States during the first four months of 2015.
- April 2015 overseas resident visits (3 million) were up one percent compared to April 2014.
Top Ports: YTD April 2015
- YTD April 2015 visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 86 percent of all overseas visits-a percentage point less than last year.
- The top three ports (New York [JFK], Miami, and Los Angeles) accounted for 42 percent of all overseas arrivals-about the same as last year.
- Thirteen of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in the first four months of 2015. Eight of these ports recorded double-digit increases.
Pleasure Travel vs. Business Travel
- During the first four months of 2015, of the top 20 overseas countries with visits to the United States, more than 90 percent of the visits recorded from Brazil (91%), Argentina (92%) and Ecuador (93%) represented pleasure travel to the United States. On the contrary, 25 percent or more of the visits recorded from Germany (27%), Italy (25%), India (26%), the Netherlands (32%) and Ireland (25%) represented business travel to the United States.
- During the first four months of 2015 for all overseas non-resident visits to the United States, 78.1 percent represented pleasure travel and 17.2 percent represented business travel.