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July 11, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Nine Percent in February 2014

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 8.8 million travelers for first two months, up Eight Percent
Strong Traffic to the Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and Mexico (Air)

Monthly % Changes 20147/13/12

February 2014/2013 YTD Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 3.9 million, up five percent
Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1.07 million travelers, up three percent
  • Caribbean, 1.05 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Asia, 689,000 travelers, up three percent
  • Central America, 445,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • South America, 265,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Middle East, 259,000 travelers, up nine percent
  • Oceania, 114,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Africa, 45,000 travelers, down eight percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 4.9 million, up 11 percent.

  • Mexico, 3.9 million travelers, up 15 percent; air travel (1.16 million) was also up 15 percent
  • Canada, 987,000 travelers, down two percent; air travel (380,000) up two percent

February 2014 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 45 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 12 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 55 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico 44 percent share; and
  • Canada 11 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

In 2011 OTTI began to report 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: 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.