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May 11, 2016

U.S. Citizen International Travel up 11 Percent in February 2016
U.S. citizen outbound totaled 10.5 million travelers for first two months, up 10 Percent
Strong Traffic to South/Central America, Middle East, Mexico and Canada

February 2016/2015 YTD Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 4.5 million, up nine percent
Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1.16 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Caribbean, 1.23 million travelers, up five percent
  • Asia, 786,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Central America, 519,000 travelers, up 14 percent
  • Middle East, 331,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • South America, 314,000 travelers, up 19 percent
  • Oceania, 131,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • Africa, 49,000 travelers, up nine percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 6.0 million, up 11 percent.

  • Mexico, 4.9 million travelers, up 10 percent; air travel (1.46 million) was up 15 percent. (‘Tourist’ long haul travel was up 16 percent in February, Border 1+ nights travel was up three percent for the month).
  • Canada, 1.14 million travelers, up 16 percent; air travel (420,000) up 19 percent

February 2016 YTD Market Share

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

    • Caribbean, a 12 percent share
    • Europe, a 11 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 57 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

    • U.S. travel to Mexico, 46 percent share; and
    • Canada, 11 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit:

In 2011 NTTO 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 / Industry & Analysis
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, 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.