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November 23, 2016  

U.S. Citizen International Travel Increased Five Percent in August 2016
U.S. citizen outbound totaled 7.4 million travelers for the month
YTD Total of 54.6 million was up Eight Percent

August 2016/2015 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 3.0 million, up five percent in August and seven percent for the year (24.3 million). Regional results for August were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.356 million travelers, up six percent
  • Caribbean, 645,000 travelers, down two percent
  • Asia, 388,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Central America, 218,000 travelers, up five percent
  • South America, 178,000 travelers, up 14 percent
  • Middle East, 177,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Oceania, 52,000 travelers, up 23 percent
  • Africa, 32,500 travelers, down two percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 4.4 million and was up six percent compared to August 2015.

  • Canada, 1.95 million travelers, up five percent. Air travel (538,000) was up 21 percent
  • Mexico, 2.4 million travelers, up six percent. Air travel (636,000) was up five percent

Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (30.3 million) was up nine percent.


August 2016 YTD Market Share

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

    • Europe, a 17 percent share;
    • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
    • Asia, a six percent share;
    • Central America, a four percent share;
    • Middle East, a three percent share;
    • South America, over a two percent share;
    • Oceania, a one percent share, and
    • Africa, almost one percent share

North American markets received over 55 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

    • U.S. travel to Mexico a 38 percent share; and
    • Canada an 18 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 the year-endSurvey of International Air Travelers data is compiled.