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January 3, 2017


U.S. Citizen International Travel Increased 10 Percent in October 2016

U.S. outbound totaled 67.0 million in 2016 year to date, up Eight Percent

Double digit growth in travel for month to Mexico, Canada, Asia and Oceania




October 2016/2015 Comparisons (1)


U.S. travel to overseas markets totaled 2.5 million, up four percent in October and seven percent for the year (29.6 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 1,055,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • Asia, 488,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Caribbean, 452,000 travelers, down five percent
  • Central America, 161,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Middle East, 148,000 travelers, down four percent
  • South America, 132,000 travelers, down five percent
  • Oceania, 56,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Africa, 25,000 travelers, flat


U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.5 million and was up 15 percent compared to October 2015. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (37.4 million) was up 10 percent.

  • Mexico, 2.5 million travelers, up 17 percent in October. Border ‘1+’ night travel up 23 percent. Tourist (longer haul) travel up 11 percent. Air travel (587,000) was up eight percent.
  • Canada, 1.0 million travelers, up 11 percent. Air travel (357,000) up 20 percent


October 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 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 one percent share


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

    • U.S. travel to Mexico a 38 percent share; and
    • Canada an 18 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)
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 Surveydata is compiled.