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April 08, 2013

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Nearly One Percent in January 2013

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 4.2 million travelers for the first month of 2013
Non-stop Travel up to the Middle East, down to Europe

January 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 1.9 million, up 0.6 percent in January.

Regional results were:

  • Europe, 563,000 travelers, down three percent
  • Caribbean, 468,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Asia, 372,000 travelers, up almost one percent
  • Central America, 200,000 travelers, up four percent
  • South America, 125,000 travelers, flat
  • Middle East, 129,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • Oceania, 51,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Africa, 26,000 travelers, down five percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 2.2 million, up 0.4 percent in January.

  • Mexico, 1.7 million travelers, down almost one percent; however, air travel (475,000) was up two percent
  • Canada, 478,000 travelers, up three percent; air travel (185,000) up two percent

January 2013 Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 47 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 14 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 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, almost a one percent share

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

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 42 percent share; and
  • Canada almost a 12 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2013-O-001/index.html

In 2011 OTTI began to report U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, expanding beyond air-only traffic. Total departure 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.