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January 23, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Travel Increased Four Percent in November 2013

U.S. outbound totaled 56.3 million for 2013, up two percent
Travel to Europe, Caribbean and Asia are top regions

November 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 2.0 million, up three percent in November and one percent for the year (26.5 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 660,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Caribbean, 481,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Asia, 365,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Central America, 178,000 travelers, up three percent
  • South America, 135,000 travelers, flat
  • Middle East, 124,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Oceania, 50,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Africa, 23,000 travelers, down four percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 2.4 million and was up four percent compared to November 2012. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (29.7 million) was up two percent.

  • Mexico, 1.8 million travelers, up four percent in November. Air travel (488,000) was up 10 percent
  • Canada, 617,000 travelers, up three percent. Air travel (225,000) up five percent

November 2013 YTD Market Share

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

  • Europe, a 19 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 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, a one percent share

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

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 33 percent share; and
  • Canada a 20 percent share.

% Monthly changes 2013 / 2012

Note1: An early Easter/Passover in 2012 accounted for shift in traffic; March 31, 2013 vs. April 8, 2012.
Note2: U.S. to Mexico in August 2013 (up 16 percent) was a significant contributor to overall performance.

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

NTTO 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.

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

(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.