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August 14, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Seven Percent in March 2014

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 14.3 million travelers for first quarter, up Seven Percent
Moderate Growth to Europe and Asia, Strong Traffic to Mexico and Middle East

Monthly % Changes 2014/13/12

March 2014/2013 YTD Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 6.5 million, up four percent.

Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1.88 million travelers, up two percent
  • Caribbean, 1.75 million travelers, up five percent
  • Asia, 1.09 million travelers, up two percent
  • Central America, 728,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • South America, 420,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Middle East, 400,000 travelers, up nine percent
  • Oceania, 174,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Africa, 73,000 travelers, down eight percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 7.7 million, up 11 percent.

  • Mexico, 6.2 million travelers, up 16 percent; air travel (1.9 million) up 12 percent
  • Canada, 1.57 million travelers, down six percent; air travel (616,000) up two percent

March 2014 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 46 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 13 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 54 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico 43 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 NTTO began to report monthly U.S. outbound travel 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.