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May 21, 2015

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Seven Percent in March 2015

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 15.4 million travelers for first quarter, up Eight Percent
Solid Growth to Asia, Canada; Strong Traffic to Caribbean, Mexico and Middle East

Monthly % changes 2015/14/13

March 2015/2014 YTD Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 6.889 million, up six percent.

Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1.927 million travelers, up two percent
  • Caribbean, 1.927 million travelers, up 10 percent
  • Asia, 1.157 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Central America, 738,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Middle East, 466,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • South America, 419,000 travelers, flat
  • Oceania, 183,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Africa, 73,000 travelers, flat

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 8.464 million, up 11 percent.

  • Mexico, 6.889 million travelers, up 12 percent; air travel (2.1 million) up eight percent
  • Canada, 1.575 million travelers, up six percent; air travel (568,000) up seven percent

March 2015 YTD Market Share

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

  • Europe, a 13 percent share;
  • Caribbean, a 13 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 45 percent share; and
  • Canada 10 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-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 and Mexico air markets reflect non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to Europe, Middle East and Mexico will transit those regions, connecting through airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, DXB, MEX etc.) to points beyond. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting ‘visitation’ (1+ nights), occurs after year-end Survey of International Air Travelers data is compiled.