U.S. Department of Commerce :More than 95 million international travellers to the U.S. in 2023

 Thursday, November 22, 2018 


After suspending visitor data earlier this year over a computer glitch and revising past data the U.S. Department of Commerce released international visitation to the United States for the next five years.



It was forecasted this week by the Commerce Department that more than 95 million international travellers will be visiting the United States in 2023. From the previous update in January the latest forecast remains more positive  for 2018 and it is expected by the department that there will be more than 81 million international arrivals which will be a record as compared to the previous forecast of 78 million.




Year-over-year the international arrivals would grow to around 6 percent which will be a turnaround from two years of sluggish growth.  Overseas arrivals will grow 5 percent year-over-year in 2018 if Canada and Mexico is excluded.




India, Colombia, and China will be among the standout market by 2023  and is expected to grow by 46, 35, and 30 percent respectively, from 2017 to 2023.




These are among the fastest-growing overseas markets in the United States. However, a lot could happen in a couple of years to derail the projections.



The travel industry did not receive access to the department’s official visitor data for a year. Earlier this year the department has suspended visitor data released in April after it announced that it was investigating errors in data collection at multiple U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kiosks at airport across the country.




The kiosk issue was corrected by the department in September with revised data from the past two years with further indication to travel brands that ‘Trump Slump’ was not as severe as they expected.




International tourism for economic growth was discussed  by the U.S. Travel Association and CEOs of major U.S hotel companies like Marriott and Hilton met with President Donald Trump at the White house.



The economic, demographic, and social factors, along with the commerce department’s historical visitation trends were taken into consideration for the input and projections.


The international arrivals to the U.S. grew at an average of 3.5 percent per year after the global financial crisis in 2009. This will put the 2018 projection to nearly 6 percent above average for the past decade.



During the past three years the United States’ international arrivals have continued to grow .

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