U.S. tourism saw a drop from the Asian market last year

 Monday, February 25, 2019 


The latest findings from ForwardKeys revealed that tourist arrivals in the US from the Asia Pacific region went down by 3.2% in 2018.



The drop in the U.S.-bound tourism in the second half of 2018 was mainly due to the Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii, which is a top destination for Japanese travellers to US.


There was a 0%growth in Chinese visitors to the US due to the ongoing trade war between the two countries. In the US inbound travel, Asia Pacific has a 20% market share.
However, there was a 3.2 % increase in European visitors to the US as compared with 2017 which has a 38% market share. The German tourists stayed away and it went down 8.7% on 2017.


There was a very modest growth in the US in 2018 in the total international tourist arrivals. This was 1.0% up on the previous year.


The tourism growth was led by Ireland up by 14.1%, Spain up by 11.8%, Italy up by 10.5%, Brazil up by 12.8 %, Colombia up y 10.3 %.


The top US destinations for the international travellers was New York which was up 2.1% and the Northeast grew by 2.8%. The fast growing destinations were Fort Lauderdale, in the South and Detroit in the Midwest which was up by 12.8% and 12.5%.



ForwardKeys CEO Olivier Jager said that the international air travel is at the mercy of world events, natural disasters and man-made disputes. To understand fluctuations in tourism is vital for business and government alike; and ForwardKeys is committed to deliver the most insightful data, as swiftly as possible, to help in decision-making.

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