US international visitation breaks growth streak

The five-month growth streak of increases in international visitor arrivals to the United States was broken in February, when 4.9 million international visitors were recorded, down by -0.3% from February 2015, according to the US Department of Commerce This follows the moderated growth reported in January.

For the first two months of 2016, international visits (10.4 million) were flat (+0.1%) when compared to the same period in 2015.

Canada and Mexico continue to be the top inbound markets, although non-resident visits from Canada declined 13% in February. Visits from Mexico increased 3%, on the other hand.

Japan (+3%), the United Kingdom (+12%), and the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (+4%) rounded out the top five inbound visitor markets.

During the first two months of 2016, eight of the top 10 countries, posted increases in non-resident visits to the United States, with only Canada (-13%) and Brazil (-23%) showing declines. For February, Canada, Brazil and France (-1%) recorded decreases in arrivals.