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Visits to USA nosedive in first figures for this year

August 4, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The number of Australian visitors arriving in the US plunged sharply in the first figures to be released for the year 2017.

The data, released by the US Department of Commerce yesterday and covering the month of January 2017, shows an 8.1% fall in non-resident arrivals from Australia in that month, to 100,369. While covering just a single month, the preliminary figures are the first statistics to reflect actual arrivals, rather than booking patterns, in the 2017 calendar year.

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The US was heavily involved in political campaigning in the final quarter of 2016, when many Australians would have been considering booking. The general election, in which Donald Trump was elected president, was held on 8 November 2016.

Total overseas visitation to the USA in January 2017 fell by 2.3%. Overall visitation – including arrivals overland from Canada and Mexico – rose by +1.7% to reach 5.6 million.

Arrivals from Europe fell by 4.8%.

The biggest fall – unsurprisingly – was from the Middle East, which saw arrivals plummet by almost a quarter, a fall of 23.1%. Arrivals from Russia, a country hit by a barrage of bad publicity, also registered a big fall, diving by 14%.

Visits from Asia bucked the trend, rising by +7.1% to top 1 million arrivals in the month.

The US lost ground in some valuable markets. Visits from Britain in January fell 9% to 208,981 visitors. Visits from Germany in the month fell by 7.4%, from France by 3.1%, from the Netherlands by 5.2%, from Sweden by 2.5%, from Japan by 3.2% and from Switzerland by a massive 18.7%.

On the plus side, visits rose during January from Italy +3.9%, from Ireland +0.9%, Spain +13.7%, from India +2.8%, from South Korea +12%, from China +16.6% (to 339,744 visitors) and from Taiwan +9.4%.

Written by Peter Needham

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