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April 19, 2016

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Ten Percent in January 2016
U.S. citizen outbound totaled 5.3 million travelers for the first month of 2016
Strong Traffic to Asia, South/Central America, Middle East, Mexico and Canada

January 2016/2015 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 2.3 million, up nine percent in January.
Regional results were:

  • Europe, 615,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Caribbean, 589,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Asia, 434,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Central America, 259,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • Middle East, 178,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • South America, 154,000 travelers, up 19 percent
  • Oceania, 58,000 travelers, up nine percent
  • Africa, 27,000 travelers, up six percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 3.0 million, up 10 percent in January.

  • Mexico, 2.489 million travelers, up 11 percent; air travel (704,000) was up 15 percent. ‘Tourist’ travels up 14 percent and ‘Border 1+ nights’ up seven percent.
  • Canada, 526,000 travelers, up 10 percent; air travel (193,000) up 12 percent

January 2016 Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 43 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

    • Europe, a 12 percent share;
    • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
    • Asia, an eight percent share;
    • Central America, a five percent share;
    • Middle East, a three percent share;
    • South America, a three percent share;
    • Oceania, a one percent share, and
    • Africa, almost a one percent share

North American markets received 57 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel, up one percentage point from January 2015.

    • U.S. travel to Mexico a 47 percent share; and
    • Canada a 10 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit:

In 2011 NTTO (then 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

  • 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, DBX, 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.