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June 22, 2012

U.S. International Travel, April 2012 Year-to-Date, Up Five Percent

U.S. citizen outbound market totaled 17.8 million travelers for the first four months of 2012

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

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) reached 8.5 million, up 10 percent in the first four months. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 2.7 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Caribbean, 2.2 million travelers, up 10 percent
  • Asia, 1.4 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Central America, 826,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • South America, 549,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Middle East, 460,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • Oceania, 188,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Africa, 107,000 travelers, up two percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 9.3 million, up almost two percent.

  • Mexico, 7.0 million travelers, up one percent; air travel (2.1 million) was up six percent
  • Canada, 2.3 million travelers, up five percent; air travel (852,000) was up by five percent

April 2012 Year-to Date Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas claimed 48 percent of all U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe a 15 percent share;
  • Caribbean a 13 percent share;
  • Asia an eight 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 52 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 39 percent share; and
  • Canada a 13 percent share.

Total U.S. outbound travel for the months of January, February and March were up two percent, 12 percent and eight percent, respectively. April was flat.

In 2011 OTTI began to report all mode U.S. outbound travel monthly, not just air-only traffic. Total travel (all modes) to Canada and Mexico is provided in addition to the air-only subtotals. The timing of this report is dependent on receipt of aggregate data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico.

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

Since the DHS I-92 (APIS) dataset contains all air arrivals data, in addition to air departures data, OTTI is reporting total air traffic as soon as it is available each month. See the April report issued on June 4: https://travel.trade.gov/tinews/archive/tinews2012/20120604.html

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(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.