The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 4.9 million international visitors(1)(2)(3)(4) traveled to the United States in February 2016, down slightly (-0.3%) from February 2015. February broke the streak of five straight monthly increases in total U.S. visits with this decline.
In February 2016, the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada declined 13 percent while visits from Mexico increased three percent. Japan (+3%), the United Kingdom (+12%), and the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (+4%) rounded out the top five. Seven of the top inbound overseas regional markets(5) posted increases in non-resident visits in February 2016, with South America posting the only decline, dropping three percent.
For the first two months of 2016, international visits (10.4 million) were flat (+0.1%) when compared to the same period in 2015.