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

May 09, 2012

U.S. International Travel for February Year-to-Date 2012 Up Six Percent

U.S. citizen outbound market totaled 8.1 million travelers for the first two months of 2012.

February Year-to-Date (2012/2011) Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) markets reached 3.8 million, up 13 percent in the first two months. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1.1 million travelers, up nine percent
  • Caribbean, 1.0 million travelers, up 14 percent
  • Asia, 688,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Central America, 396,000 travelers, up 25 percent
  • South America, 264,000 travelers, up seven percent.
  • Middle East, 224,000 travelers, up 19 percent
  • Oceania, 102,000 travelers, up 12 percent
  • Africa, 49,000 travelers, down five percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 4.3 million, up one percent.

  • Mexico, 3.3 million travelers, was flat, but air travel (990,000) was up 16 percent.
  • Canada, 984,000 travelers, was up four percent and air travel (380,000) was up by six percent

February Year-to Date Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas claimed 47 percent of all U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe a 13 percent share;
  • Caribbean a 12 percent share;
  • Asia a nine percent share;
  • Central America a five percent share;
  • South America a three percent share;
  • Middle East a three percent share;
  • Oceania a one percent share; and
  • Africa a one percent share.

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

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 41 percent share; and
  • Canada a 12 percent share.

Total U.S. outbound travel for January and February were up one percent and twelve percent, respectively.

For detail information and data tables please visit: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2012-O-001/index.html

In 2011 OTTI began to report total U.S. outbound travel by month, not just air-only traffic. Total travel (all modes) to Canada and Mexico is provided along with their traditional air-only subtotals. The timing of this report is dependent on receipt of aggregate data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico.

In addition, since the DHS I-92 (APIS) data contains all air arrival data, in addition to air departure data, OTTI will also report total air traffic as soon as it is available each month. See January report http://travel.trade.gov/tinews/archive/tinews2012/20120313.html

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1015A
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: www.travel.trade.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.