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September 17, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Travel Up 15 Percent in May 2014

U.S. Citizen Outbound Totaled 5.9 Million Travelers for the Month and 25.4 Million YTD
Year-to-Date Travel Up 11 Percent


Monthly % Changes 2014/13/12

May 2014/2013 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 2.91 million, up nine percent in May and up six percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1,306,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • Caribbean, 624,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • Asia, 379,000 travelers, up three percent
  • Central America, 209,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Middle East, 162,000 travelers, up 12 percent
  • South America, 144,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Oceania, 46,000 travelers, up 15 percent
  • Africa, 36,000 travelers, up four percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.03 million, up 20 percent compared to May 2013.

  • Mexico, 1.96 million U.S. travelers, up 28 percent; air travel (581,000) up 17 percent. U.S. to Mexican border traffic (within 40 kilometers) up 51 percent!
  • Canada, 1.07 million travelers, up four percent; air travel (363,000) up 11 percent

Travel to Canada and Mexico was up 15 percent for the year.

May 2014 YTD Market Share

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

  • Europe, a 16 percent share;
  • Caribbean, a 12 percent share;
  • Asia, a seven 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 53 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 40 percent share; and
  • Canada a 13 percent share.

(Note: Easter/Passover occurred later in 2014 (April 20) vs. March 31, 2013)

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