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August 07, 2013

U.S. Citizen International Travel was Down One Percent in May 2013

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 5.2 million travelers for the month and 22.8 million YTD
Year-to-Date Travel was Also Down One Percent

May 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 2.7 million, flat in May and for the year.

Regional results were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.2 million travelers, down one percent
  • Caribbean, 538,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Asia, 367,000 travelers, down four percent
  • Central America, 189,000 travelers, up five percent
  • South America, 139,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Middle East, 145,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Oceania, 40,000 travelers, flat
  • Africa, 35,000 travelers, down one percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 2.5 million, down one percent compared to May 2012.

  • Mexico, 1.5 million travelers, down four percent; however, air travel (498,000) was up nine percent
  • Canada, 1.0 million travelers, up four percent; air travel (327,000) was up seven percent

Travel to Canada and Mexico was down one percent for the year.

May 2013 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 49 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 17 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

Other North American markets received 51 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 37 percent share; and
  • Canada a 15 percent share.

% Monthly Changes 2013 / 2012

Note: An early Easter/Passover in 2012 accounted for shift in traffic; March 31, 2013 vs. April 8, 2012.

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.