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December 17, 2013

U.S. Travel to International Destinations Increased Three Percent in 2012

Spending was up Eight Percent
Demographic Data Enhanced in 2012

The U.S. resident outbound market totaled 60.7 million in 2012, up three percent from 2011. Travel to overseas regions (28.5 million) increased five percent, to Canada (11.9 million) up three percent, however travel to Mexico (20.3 million), the largest outbound market, was down one percent.

The top five overseas destination countries visited by U.S. residents in 2012 were: the United Kingdom (2.5 million), the Dominican Republic (2.3 million), France (2.0 million), Italy (1.9 million) and Germany (1.7 million). Nine of the top 10 overseas destinations visited by U.S. travelers posted increases in 2012.

U.S. International Travelers
Source: National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. resident spending (‘imports’) totaled $118.1 billion in 2012, up eight percent from 2011. Travel payments, spending in foreign countries, totaled $83.4 billion. Passenger air fares, on foreign carriers, were an estimated $34.7 billion.

A new questionnaire was fielded in 2012 which provided additional passenger attributes.

See detail for analysis, profiles and trends of visitation and spending at: http://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/outbound.general_information.outbound_overview.html

For additional information or questions, please contact:

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration/Industry & Analysis
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone:(202) 482-0140
Fax: (202) 482-2887
Website: http://travel.trade.gov
Email: ntto@trade.gov