US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig today announced that a record 75 million international visitors traveled to the United States in 2014, a seven percent increase over 2013. Tourism is America’s largest services export and these exports support 1.1 million U.S. jobs.
“Today’s data show that the United States continues to be the premier destination for international visitors,” Selig said. “It also highlights that we remain on track toward achieving President Obama’s goal of attracting 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021.”
The U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security recently sent a report to President Obama on expanding the U.S. travel and tourism industry with a strategy to increase the number of international visitors to the U.S. It provides a way forward to deliver a best-in-class arrivals experience, ensuring that international visitors continue to select the United States as their destination of choice.
Highlights: 2014 International Visitation to the United States
• The top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. U.S. non-resident visits from Canada totaled 23.0 million in 2014, a 1.8 percent decline from the 2013 record. Mexico grew 19 percent, surpassing the record arrivals seen in 2007, reaching 17.3 million visits in 2014.
• Annual overseas resident visitation (excluding Canada and Mexico) set a new record in 2014, reaching 34.4 million visitors, up eight percent from 2013. Travel from overseas markets accounted for 46 percent of total international arrivals to the United States in 2014. All top inbound overseas regional markets surpassed 2013 levels, all registering record level visits in 2014.
• Sixteen of the top 20 countries registered increases in non-resident visits in 2014. Eight of the top 20 countries registered double-digit increases, with 12 of the top 20 inbound countries registering record level visits in 2014.
• In 2014, visitation through the top 15 ports of entry accounted for 83 percent of all overseas visits. The top three ports (New York/JFK, Miami, and Los Angeles) accounted for 41 percent of all overseas arrivals, nearly one percentage point above last year. Thirteen of the top 15 ports posted increases in arrivals in 2014, with four posting double-digit increases.
World Region of
Residence Number of
Share % Change
Western Europe1 12,784,471 37.1 6.2
Asia1 9,641,032 28.0 6.1
South America1 5,480,579 15.9 6.6
Oceania1 1,555,382 4.5 8.6
Caribbean1 1,338,644 3.9 15.8
Middle East1 1,225,120 3.6 15.8
Eastern Europe1 947,477 2.8 15.1
Central America1 932,866 2.7 11.9
Africa1 513,445 1.5 17.1
Total Overseas1 34,419,016 100.0 7.5
Top 20 Countries Number of
Arrivals % Change
Canada 22,975,195 -1.8
Mexico1 17,334,495 19.2
United Kingdom 3,972,655 3.6
Japan 3,579,363 -4.0
Brazil1 2,263,865 9.9
People’s Republic of China (EXCL HK)1 2,188,387 21.0
Germany 1,968,536 2.7
France1 1,624,604 8.0
South Korea1 1,449,538 6.6
Australia1 1,276,124 5.9
India1 961,790 11.9
Italy1 934,066 11.3
Colombia1 881,219 17.8
Spain 700,084 12.9
Argentina 684,727 -0.2
Venezuela 615,975 -21.8
Netherlands1 615,856 4.5
Sweden1 543,336 14.0
Switzerland1 486,506 2.8
ROC (Taiwan) 413,048 7.4
National Travel and Tourism Strategy
In 2012, a Task Force on Travel Competitiveness, chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior, developed the National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international opportunities throughout the United States and increase the U.S. market share of worldwide travel. The Tourism Policy Council, chaired by the Department of Commerce, is leading the implementation of the National Strategy through inter-agency working groups, including a Research Working Group chaired by the National Travel and Tourism Office. The I-94 Program supports the National Strategy’s call for expanded metrics on international travel to the United States. I-94 automation further supports this initiative as it greatly improves the measurement of international visitation data to the United States.
Throughout this report, percent changes posted for international visitation to the United States for 2014 were calculated by comparing January-December 2014 data to January-December 2013 data.
1 Record level of non-resident visits to the United States in 2014.