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December 07, 2011

U.S. International Travel for First Half 2011

The U.S. citizen outbound market totaled 28.2 million travelers for the first six months of 2011.

Overseas(1) markets held a 47 percent share of all U.S. outbound international travel.

  • U.S. travel to Europe was 5.2 million visitors, with an 18 percent share;
  • Asia was 2.0 million, with a seven percent share;
  • Caribbean was 3.2 million, with an 11 percent share;
  • South America was 810,000, with a three percent share;
  • Central America was 1.1 million, with a four percent share;
  • Middle East was 665,000, with a two percent share;
  • Oceania was 249,000, with a one percent share; and
  • Africa was 175,000, with a one percent share.

North American markets received 53 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico was 10.3 million visitors, with a 36 percent share (3.0 million traveled by air); and
  • Canada was 4.6 million, with a 16 percent share (1.5 million traveled by air).

For background information on the restructuring of U.S. international travel data, please link to: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/tinews/archive/tinews2011/20110927.html and http://tinet.ita.doc.gov/tinews/archive/tinews2011/20110630_US_Intrenational_Outbound.html

As reported, methodological changes in tallying U.S. international travel statistics were made in July 2010. Having moved from the paper-based manually processed DHS I-92 form to the paperless automated Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) make the first quarter 2011 vs. 2010 comparisons difficult. This is particularly the case regarding how citizenship is recorded which is more accurate since July 2010. The anomaly carried forward through the second quarter of 2011. Improvements under APIS include an electronic document system (eliminates keypunching from hard to read paper documents), rigorous accountability for all international flights and port-to-port detail now available on the U.S. - Canadian market. Also, monthly data will be available soon after month-end.

OTTI now reports total U.S. outbound travel by month. Total travel (all modes) to Canada and Mexico is provided along with their traditional air-only subtotals.

For detail information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2011-O-001/index.html

Thank you for your patience during the transition period when this program was totally re-engineered, both by Department of Homeland Security and Department of Commerce. We look forward to making continued enhancements to this program.

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: www.tinet.ita.doc.gov
Email: otti@trade.gov

(1) Overseas markets reflect non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to Europe will not visit Europe, but will connect through one of Europe's airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, MAD, etc.) to Africa and the Middle East. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.