04 March 2017

INTERNATIONAL VISITATION DOWN TWO PERCENT IN AUGUST 2016

Way too early to consider Trump Slump (yesterday's Blog), but still shows the volatility of tourism in a global market.  The full summary:

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 8.0 million international visitors(1)(2)traveled to the United States in August 2016, down two percent (-2.1%) from August 2015.

In August 2016 the top inbound markets continued to be Canada and Mexico. Non-resident visits from Canada declined five percent while visits from Mexico increased five percent. The United Kingdom (-6.6%), the People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong) (+9.9%), and Japan (-4.0%) rounded out the top five. Four of the top inbound overseas regional markets(3) posted increases in non-resident visits in August 2016, with Western Europe, South America, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa posting declines.

For the eight months of 2016, international visits (50.8 million) were down two percent
(-2.3%) when compared to the same period in 2015.


 
 
Country of Residence
 
% Change August
2016 vs. 2015
% Change
YTD August
2016 vs. 2015
Canada
-5
-10
Mexico
5
5
United Kingdom
-7
-4
People's Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong)
10
15
Japan
-4
-4
Germany
-14
-11
France
-6
-8
South Korea
6
11
Italy
-3
-5
Brazil
-27
-26

Source:  The National Travel and Tourism Office.

1 comment:

  1. Obviously there's a lot of factors at play here, but it's interesting to see how almost all of the international visits from the most developed countries (Canada, UK, Japan, France, Italy) are declining while international visits to the US are increasing from less developed countries like Mexico and China. The only exceptions to this are the increasing visits from South Korea (11% YTD) and massively decreasing visits from Brazil (-26% YTD). I'm assuming that the decreasing number of tourists from Brazil is largely due to the influence of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics, as many Brazilians are likely spending their tourism budgets to attend the games. Considering that the games were between August 5th and August 21st, I'm surprised that the growth of visitors from Mexico was 5% in both the month of August and 2016 as a whole.

    As far as the Trump Slump is concerned, I wonder how the travel ban and anti-immigrant rhetoric will coincide with these countries and their unique growth/decline in international tourism. If the appeal of a Summer Olympics wasn't enough to significantly impact the growth of Mexican visitors, then I wonder how much of an impact these negative influences will have. Like many Americans I disagree with these policies, however as a student of recreational geography I think that these potential effects will be fascinating to explore and study further.

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