Visitation up More Than 11% in 2010; Trends Pointing to a Strong 2011

January 31, 2011

International visitation to the United States – and to Boston – was up dramatically from 2009, according to statistics compiled by the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries.

Although the OTTI is now compiling final statistics for November and December, the organization reported that for the first ten months of 2010, 50.4 million international visitors traveled to the United States, and 11percent increase over the same period in 2009.

The swelling October numbers registered the 13th straight month of increases in US arrivals.

International visitors spent $111.5 billion during the first ten months of 2010, 11percent more than the same period in 2009, according to the OTTI.

In October alone, international visitors spent $11.9 billion, 18 percent more than in October 2009.

End of year results are expected to be released shortly by the OTTI.

Industry analysts indicate that 2010 was a banner year with the outlook for 2011 more of the same.

Overseas resident visits here were up 12 percent, to 22.2 million through October 2010 compared with the same period 2009.

In October, overseas resident visitation was up 12 percent to 2.5 million versus the same period in 2009.

The top ten countries with visitors to the United States are Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea, Australia and the People’s Republic of China.

All the top ten posted gains in visitation in 2010 as compared with 2009 except for the United Kingdom, which showed a decline of 1 percent.

Massport, the agency which runs Logan Airport,  said international travel was especially strong during November and December.

“International travel is giving the appearance of expanding nicely into the New Year,” said a Massport official.