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July 12, 2016

U.S. Citizen International Travel up 12 Percent in March 2016
U.S. citizen outbound totaled 17.0 million travelers for first quarter, up 11 Percent//
Solid Growth to all Regions

March 2016/2015 YTD Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 7.516 million, up nine percent.
Regional results were:

  • Europe, 2.074 million travelers, up eight percent
  • Caribbean, 2.042 million travelers, up six percent
  • Asia, 1.265 million travelers, up nine percent
  • Central America, 840,000 travelers, up 14 percent
  • Middle East, 516,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • South America, 497,000 travelers, up 19 percent
  • Oceania, 200,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Africa, 81,000 travelers, up 11 percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 9.524 million, up 12 percent.

  • Mexico, 7.629 million travelers, up 11 percent; air travel (2.4 million) up 16 percent
  • Canada, 1.895 million travelers, up 20 percent; air travel (688,000) up 21 percent

March 2016 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 44 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

    • Europe, a 12 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 Americanmarkets received 56 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

    • U.S. travel to Mexico 45 percent share; and
    • Canada 11 percent share.


For detailed information and data tables please visit:

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

  • 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.