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August 23, 2016


U.S. Citizen International Travel up Seven Percent in April 2016

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 5.8 million travelers for the month and 22.9 million YTD

2016 Year-to-Date Travel up 10 Percent



April 2016/2015 Comparisons


U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 2.69 million, up six percent in April and eight percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 976,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Caribbean, 688,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Asia, 440,000 travelers, up nine percent
  • Central America, 222,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Middle East, 147,000 travelers, up one percent
  • South America, 145,000 travelers, up 15 percent
  • Oceania, 48,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Africa, 27,000 travelers, up seven percent


U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.14 million, up almost eight percent compared to April 2015.

  • Mexico, 2.34 million U.S. travelers, up five percent; air travel (732,000) was up 11 percent. U.S. to Mexican border traffic (1+ nights, within 40 kilometers) was down one percent
  • Canada, 801,000 travelers, up 14 percent; air travel (279,000) was up 23 percent


Travel to Canada and Mexico was up 11 percent for the year.


April 2016 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 12 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 almost a 44 percent share; and
    • Canada an12 percent share.



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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)
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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.