December 05, 2017

Inbound travel to the U.S. dropped in first half of 2017


International travel to the U.S. declined 3.9 percent year-over-year and overseas travel to the U.S. fell 5.7 percent year-over-year for the first half of 2017.

March had the steepest decline for overseas travel at 11 percent, while May experienced the most dramatic drop for international travel at 8.5 percent. April was the only the month in the first half of the year that did not experience declines in both measures.

Both overseas and international travel to the U.S. have deteriorated since April 2016, when they fell 4.8 percent and 8.1 percent, respectively, compared to 2015 rates. In the first half of 2016, there was a 2.4 percent decrease in international travel to the U.S. but no change for overseas travel. By the end of the 2016, however, overseas travel had fallen 2.1 percent and international travel declined 2.4 percent compared to 2015 full-year numbers.

The numbers correlate with the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index for 2017, which incorporates NTTO's data with other travel data sources. Like NTTO's data, the index showed reduced inbound international travel to the U.S. in the first half of 2017, with the exception of April. The index forecasts decreases through the end of 2017.

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