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November 03, 2016

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Six Percent in May 2016
U.S. citizen outbound totaled 6.8 million travelers for the month and 29.9 million YTD
Year-to-Date Travel up Nine Percent


May 2016/2015 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 3.2 million, up six percent in May and up eight percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1,442,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • Caribbean, 642,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Asia, 453,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Central America, 228,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Middle East, 188,000 travelers, up three percent
  • South America, 161,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Oceania, 52,000 travelers, up 14 percent
  • Africa, 33,000 travelers, up four percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.56 million, up six percent compared to May 2015.

  • Mexico, 2.41 million U.S. travelers, up five percent; air travel (714,000) up 10 percent. (U.S. to Mexican ‘tourist’ travel was up 12 percent while border traffic (within 40 kilometers) was down one percent.)
  • Canada, 1.15 million travelers, up eight percent; air travel (378,000) up 22 percent

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

May 2016 YTD Market Share

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

    • Europe, a 15 percent share;
    • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
    • Asia, a seven percent share;
    • Central America, a four 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 55 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

    • U.S. travel to Mexico a 42 percent share; and
    • Canada a 13 percent share.


For detailed information and data tables please visit:

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)
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-endSurvey of International Air Travelers data is compiled.