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December 1, 2016

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Nine Percent in September 2016, Eight Percent YTD
U.S. citizen outbound totaled 6.29 million travelers for the month and 60.9 million YTD
Travel to Overseas up Six Percent, Mexico Nine Percent and Canada 13 Percent in September

September 2016/2015 Comparisons(1)

U.S. travel to overseas markets totaled 2.8 million, up six percent in September and seven percent for the year (27.0 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.438 million travelers, up six percent
  • Caribbean, 417,000 travelers, up three percent
  • Asia, 405,000 travelers, up 13 percent
  • Middle East, 155,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Central America, 146,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • South America, 129,000 travelers, flat
  • Oceania, 48,000 travelers, up 13 percent
  • Africa, 29,000 travelers, flat

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.5 million and was up 11 percent compared to September 2015. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (33.9 million) was up nine percent.

  • Mexico, 2.1 million travelers, up nine percent in September. Air travel (450,000) was up 11 percent. Border 1+ nights up seven percent and ‘Tourist’ (longer haul) travel up 12 percent.
  • Canada, 1.4 million travelers, up 13 percent. Air travel (452,000) up 32 percent

September 2016 YTD Market Share

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

    • Europe, a 18 percent share;
    • Caribbean, an 10 percent share;
    • Asia, a six percent share;
    • Central America, a four percent share;
    • South America, a three percent share;
    • Middle East, a three percent share;
    • Oceania, a one percent share, and
    • Africa, almost one percent share

North American markets received almost 56 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

    • U.S. travel to Mexico a 37 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/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, DBX, MEX etc.) to points beyond. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting ‘visitation’ (1+ nights), occurs after year-end Survey data is compiled.