..International Travelers to the U.S Increased by 6.7% in 2005
International Guest Room Nights Represent 10.3% of the U.S. Lodging Demand
|New York, August 21, 2006 - International travelers to the U.S increased
by 6.7 percent in 2005, according to research from PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP. Excluding travelers from Canada and Mexico. During 2004 and 2005 international
travelers to the U.S. increased by 20.3 percent, the largest two-year increase
since 1996, but below 2000 and 2001 levels, the firm found.
Following 10 quarter-over-prior-year quarter declines beginning the first quarter of 2001, international travelers increased during the fourth quarter of 2003 and have achieved robust gains since then. A number of factors, including lingering travel concerns, a global economic slowdown and more strict visa and immigration procedures contributed to the declines in international travelers.
Some of the factors contributing to the recovery in international travelers include:
Graph 1: International Travelers to U.S. -
1997 to 2005.
In 2000, international guest room nights accounted for 12.8 percent of total U.S. lodging demand. That share declined to a low of 9.5 percent in 2003. As of year-end 2005, the share of international guest room nights had increased to 10.3 percent of U.S. lodging demand. (See Graph 2).
Graph 2: International Visitors As a Percentage
"The return of international travelers is especially important - international travelers have longer lengths of stay, pay higher room rates and spend more in other hotel departments including restaurants, business centers, retail outlets, communication, laundry and valet," adds Bjorn Hanson, Ph.D., a principal with the Hospitality & Leisure practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
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1 Excluding travelers from Canada and Mexico.
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