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International Visitation Declines By 5% in December 2016 (P)

July 21, 2017 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 6.0 million international visitors(1)(2) traveled to the United States in December 2016, down slightly (-294,733 visitors) from December 2015. December 2016 the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada grew 0.5 percent while visits from Mexico decreased 9.6 percent. The United Kingdom (-5.8%), Japan (-4.4%), and the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (+13.9%) rounded out the top five. Only one of the top inbound overseas regional markets(3) – Asia – posted increases in non-resident visits in December 2016, with Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, South America, Central America, Oceania, the Caribbean, and Africa all posting declines.

For the calendar year 2016, international visits (75.6 million) were down two percent
(-2.4%) when compared to the same period in 2015.


Top 10 Countries
In December 2016 four of the top 10 countries generating travel to the United States posted increases in non-resident visits.
During the calendar year 2016, three of the top 10 countries (sort based upon the annual 2016 totals) posted increases in non-resident visits to the United States.

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