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October 09, 2012

U.S. International Outbound Travel Down Three Percent in July 2012, Up Three Percent YTD

U.S. citizen departures totaled 36.3 million travelers for the first seven months of 2012

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

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) reached 17.5 million, up seven percent in the first seven months. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 6.7 million travelers, up five percent
  • Caribbean, 4.2 million travelers, up eight percent
  • Asia, 2.6 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Central America, 1.5 million travelers, up 12 percent
  • South America, 1.0 travelers, up five percent
  • Middle East, 891,000 travelers, up 14 percent
  • Oceania, 322,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Africa, 222,000 travelers, up two percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 18.8 million, flat from last year.

  • Mexico, 12.1 million travelers, down one percent; air travel (3.6 million) was up four percent
  • Canada, 6.7 million travelers, up two percent; air travel (2.0 million) also up by two percent

July 2012 Year-to Date Market Share

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

  • Europe a 19 percent share;
  • Caribbean a 12 percent share;
  • Asia a seven percent share;
  • Central America a four percent share;
  • South America a three percent share;
  • Middle East a three percent share;
  • Oceania a one percent share, and
  • Africa almost a one percent share.

North American markets received 52 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 33 percent share; and
  • Canada an 18 percent share.

Total U.S. outbound travel by month: January, up one percent; February, up 12 percent; March, up eight percent; April, flat; May, up one percent; June, up five percent and July, down three percent.

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

In 2011 OTTI began to report U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, not just air-only traffic. Total travel, inclusive of all modes, to Canada and Mexico is reported 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.

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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.