For those who can’t wait for some statistically responsible prediction that the millions of overseas travelers who did not come to the United States in the wake of the last year’s outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic will soon return, there is evidence that this is indeed happening on an inch-to-inch basis. From the half-dozen tables and charts that follow, one can see that—using 2019*, the base year that we’ll be using for some time to compare what is happening to what should have, or would have happened without the pandemic—very quietly, arrivals to the U.S. from overseas have increased for the year that covers July 2020 through June 2021.
Whether the above should serve as some form of solace for yet another disappointing quarter or we should hope that Q4 2021 will salvage something from this year is open to question. But, as miniscule as or quiet the improvement of the inbound market is, it is there. Meanwhile, there are some other monthly data from the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) to review: