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International Visits to the United States Increased in January 2017

washington capitol domeThe U.S. Department of Commerce announces that the United States welcomed 5.6 million international visitors in January 2017, a two percent increase in arrivals when compared to January 2016. It marked the first month of growth in total U.S. visits since June 2016.

The top inbound markets continued to be Mexico and Canada. Mexico recorded 1.5 million visits to the United States in January 2017, an increase of two percent. At the same time, overnight volume from Canada totaled 1.5 million visitors, a nine percent increase compared to January 2016. The People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (+16.6 percent), Japan (-3.2 percent), and the United Kingdom (-9.0 percent) rounded out the top five inbound markets.

In January 2017, five 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.

Top 10 Countries  Percent Change January Country of Residence2017 vs. 2016

Mexico 2
Canada 9
People's Republic of China (excluding HK) 17
Japan -3
United Kingdom -9
South Korea 12
Brazil -14
Germany -7
Australia -8
India 3

Eight of the nine major overseas regional markets recorded decreases in non-resident visits to the United States in January 2017: Western Europe (-4.6 percent), South America (-8.5 percent), Oceania (-5.9 percent), the Middle East (-23.1 percent), Central America (-6.1 percent), the Caribbean (-6.5 percent), Eastern Europe (-7.0 percent), and Africa (-11.2 percent). Asia was the only region to report an increase (7.1 percent).

Non-Resident Visits from Overseas Countries

In January 2017, non-resident visits from overseas countries (2.6 million) were down two percent (-2.3 percent) compared to January 2016.

In January 2017, travel from overseas markets accounted for 46 percent of total arrivals to the United States.

Top Ports: January 2017

•In January 2017, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 84.5 percent of all overseas visits compared to 86.4 percent in January 2016.

The top three ports (Miami, Los Angeles, and New York/JFK) accounted for 39.6 percent of all overseas arrivals compared to 41.0 percent in January 2016.

•Six of the top 15 ports recorded increases in arrivals in January 2017. Only one port, Boston, recorded a double-digit increase.

Pleasure Travel vs. Business Travel: January 2017

In January 2017, of the top 20 overseas countries with visits to the United States, more than 90 percent of the visits recorded from Argentina (93.7 percent) and Costa Rica (90.2 percent) represented pleasure travel to the United States. On the contrary, 30 percent or more of the visits recorded from the United Kingdom (30.3 percent), Germany (38.8 percent), France (34.2 percent) and the Netherlands (37.1 percent) represented business travel to the United States.

In January 2017, of all overseas non-resident visits to the United States, 68.9 percent represented pleasure travel and 16.4 percent represented business travel.