The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today that the United States welcomed a total 5.6 million international visitors in January 2017, a two percent increase in arrivals when compared to January 2016. This figure (preliminary data) marked the first month of growth in total U.S. visits since June 2016.
However, non-resident visits from overseas countries (all countries except Mexico and Canada) totaled 2.6 million in January 2017, down -2.3% compared to January 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 2%. Overnight volume from Canada totaled 1.5 million visitors, a 9% increase compared to January 2016. Rounding out the top five inbound markets, travel from the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) was up by +16.6%, Japan was down -3.2%, and the United Kingdom was down by 9%,
In January 2017, five of the top 10 countries posted decreases in non-resident visits. However, non-resident visitation from two of the top 10 countries — People’s Republic of China (excluding HK) and South Korea–registered double-digit increases.
Inbound travel to the U.S. was not quite as strong as the total numbers suggest. 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%), South America (-8.5%), Oceania (-5.9 %), the Middle East (-23.1 %), Central America (-6.1 %), the Caribbean (-6.5%), Eastern Europe (-7.0%), and Africa (-11.2%). Asia was the only region to report an increase (7.1 %).
Top 10 Countries Percent Change JanuaryCountry of Residence2017 vs. 2016
|People’s Republic of China (excluding HK)||17|