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February 02, 2012

U.S. International Travel for November Year-to-Date 2011

U.S. citizen outbound market totaled 53.7 million travelers for the first eleven months of 2011

Year-to Date Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas(1) markets reached 24.7 million, a 46 percent share of all U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe was 10.1 million visitors, with an 19 percent share;
  • Caribbean was 5.5 million, with an 10 percent share;
  • Asia was 3.8 million, with a seven percent share;
  • Central America was 1.9 million, with a four percent share;
  • South America was 1.5 million, with a three percent share;
  • Middle East was 1.2 million, with a two percent share;
  • Oceania was 447,000, with a one percent share; and
  • Africa was 333,000, with a one percent share.

North American markets received 54 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico was 18.1 million visitors, with a 34 percent share (5.0 million traveled by air); and
  • Canada was 10.8 million, with a 20 percent share (3.3 million traveled by air).

Fourth Quarter (October-November) Year-over-Year (2011/2010) Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets was up three percent in the fourth quarter. Regional results were:

  • Europe was up one percent
  • Caribbean was up three percent
  • Asia was up four percent
  • Central America was up seven percent
  • South America was flat
  • Middle East was up six percent
  • Oceania was up three percent
  • Africa was down nine percent

U.S. travel to North American markets was down six percent.

  • Mexico was down eight percent and the air markets were up three percent.
  • Canada was down two percent and the air markets were also down by two percent

Total U.S. outbound travel, 8.3 million in the fourth quarter, was down two percent. October and November were down three percent and down two percent, respectively.

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

As previously 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) made the first half 2011 vs. 2010 comparisons difficult. This is due to 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 air travel data will be available soon after month-end.

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

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.

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.