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February 24, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Outbound Travel up One Percent in 2013

Annual Departures totaled 61.6 million travelers
U.S. Travel in December up almost One Percent

Annual 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 29.0 million, up two percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 11.4 million travelers, up two percent
  • Caribbean, 6.5 million travelers, up two percent
  • Asia, 4.3 million travelers, flat for the year
  • Central America, 2.5 million travelers, up four percent
  • South America, 1.7 million travelers, up two percent
  • Middle East, 1.6 million travelers, up five percent
  • Oceania, 572,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Africa, 352,000 travelers, down four percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 32.6 million, up one percent compared to 2012.

  • Mexico, 20.5 million travelers, up one percent (We expect this estimate may be revised in June). Air travel (6.2 million) was up eight percent
  • Canada, 12.0 million travelers, up one percent; air travel (3.8 million) was up by five percent

Annual 2013 Market Shares

U.S. travel to overseas locations again accounted for 47 percent of total U.S. outbound 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 over a 33 percent share; and
  • Canada almost 20 percent share.

Monthly Percentage Changes:

  • Easter/Passover occurred earlier in 2013 (March 31) than in 2012 (April 8).
  • U.S. - Mexico border (1+ night) travel was up 30% in August, driving the overall change in U.S. to Mexico up 16% for the month.
  • Thanksgiving occurred later in 2013 (November 28) than in 2012 (November 22).

Monthly % changes 2013 / 2012

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

In 2011 NTTO (then OTTI) began to report U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, expanding beyond air-only traffic. Total 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 data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico, respectively.

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: https://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.