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TI News: An information service from Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI)

November 10, 2011

U.S. Travel Abroad Declined Two Percent in 2010

Spending up Four Percent from 2009

The overall U.S. outbound market totaled 60.3 million in 2010, down two percent compared to 2009. Travel to overseas regions declined* six percent, while travel to Mexico and Canada were up three percent and one percent, respectively.

The top five destination countries in 2010 for U.S. visitors were: Mexico (20.0 million), Canada (11.7 million), the United Kingdom (2.4 million), Dominican Republic (1.8 million), France and Italy (both 1.8 million). Six of the top 10 destinations visited by U.S. travelers posted increases in 2010. PRC moved ahead of Japan as the most visited Asian country.

U.S. travelers set records for travel to the Caribbean region and the countries of the Dominican Republic, Aruba, South Africa and Israel.

Spending by U.S. residents traveling abroad (imports) totaled $102.8 billion, up four percent from 2009. Spending within foreign countries (travel payments) amounted to $75.5 billion, up three percent, and spending on air transportation, via foreign air carriers (passenger fare payments), totaled $27.3 billion in 2010, up five percent. Top countries for U.S. spending included Mexico ($9.7 billion), the United Kingdom ($8.0 billion), Canada ($7.0 billion), Germany ($5.2 billion), and Japan ($4.6 billion).

U.S. International Travelers
Source: Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce

For more detail information, please go to the Outbound Overview page, which contains links to in-depth information on the outbound market at http://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/outbound.general_information.outbound_overview.html

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration/MAS/Services
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone:(202) 482-0140
Fax: (202) 482-2887
Website: <www.travel.trade.gov>
Email: otti@trade.gov