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For Immediate Release:January 20, 2006
Contact:Matt Englehart  (202) 482-3809


The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 3.3 million international visitors traveled to the United States in October 2005, an increase of 6 percent over October 2004. Arrivals were up 8 percent for the first ten months of 2005 compared to 2004.

"As the U.S. economy continues to grow, we are welcoming more visitors the United States," said Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Al Frink. "International visitation to the United States continued its steady expansion each month through October of 2005, which included growth from all major world regions."

Highlights of October 2005 and Year-to-Date International Arrivals to the United States

  • Canadian visitation grew almost 3 percent over October of 2004 and 8 percent for the first ten months of 2005 compared to 2004 (year-to-date).
  • Arrivals from Mexico (traveling to interior U.S. points) were up 12 percent over October of 2004. Year-to-date arrivals were up 10 percent.
  • Overseas arrivals (excluding Canada and Mexico) increased 7 percent over October of 2004 and also year-to-date.
  • Visitation from Western Europe grew 7 percent over October of 2004 and also year-to-date. Double-digit growth in October arrivals was noted from France, Italy and Sweden. Arrivals from Eastern Europe continued to grow, up 9 percent in October and 15 percent year-to-date.
  • Arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 4 percent over October of 2004 and arrivals were up almost 2 percent year-to-date 2005.
  • German arrivals were up 7 percent in October and year-to-date arrivals were up 8 percent.
  • Visitation from Asia increased 10 percent in October and almost 7 percent for the year. Japanese arrivals increased almost 5 percent for the month and were up 3 percent year-to-date. Japanese visitors accounted for 62 percent of all Asian visitors in the first ten months of 2005. Arrivals from South Korea, the People's Republic of China/Hong Kong and India grew by double-digits in October.
  • Arrivals from South America were up 5 percent in October and 11 percent year-to-date. Double-digit growth in visitation was recorded from Brazil and Colombia in October.
  • Travel from Oceania increased almost 12 percent in October and 11 percent for the year. Australia registered an 11 percent increase in October and also year-to-date.
  • Arrivals also grew in October from the Middle East, up 19 percent, and up 9 percent for the year.

To access the 2005 monthly arrivals data for world regions and top markets, visit