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April 23, 2013

U.S. Citizen International Travel down Nearly Two Percent in February 2013

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 4.0 million travelers for the month
Travel was down nearly one percent year-to-date

February 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 1.82 million, down three percent in February.
Regional results were:

  • Europe, 481,000 travelers, down three percent
  • Caribbean, 512,000 travelers, down five percent
  • Asia, 298,000 travelers, down six percent
  • Central America, 203,000 travelers, flat
  • South America, 139,000 travelers, flat
  • Middle East, 109,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Oceania, 57,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Africa, 23,000 travelers, up four percent

Overseas travel was down one percent year-to-date.

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 2.18 million, down one percent from February 2012.

  • Mexico, 1.7 million travelers, flat; however, air travel (530,000) was up one percent
  • Canada, 526,000 travelers, down two percent; air travel (189,000) also down two percent

Travel to Canada and Mexico was flat year-to-date.

February 2013 Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 46 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 13 percent share;
  • Caribbean, a 12 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, almost a one percent share

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

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

% Monthly Changes 2013/2012

Note: February 2013 had 28 days vs. February 2012 with 29 days.

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

OTTI reports 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.