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August 29, 2018



U.S. Travel to International Destinations Increased Nine Percent in 2017


The U.S. resident outbound market reached record 87.7 million travelers in 2017, up nine percent from 2016. The ‘outbound’ market has been strong since 2014 (see graph, below).


Travel to overseas countries (38.3. million, a record) increased nine percent. Travel to Mexico (35.1 million), singly the largest outbound market (market share 40 percent), was up 12 percent and set a record. Travel to Canada (14.3 million) was up three percent.


The top overseas regions were Europe, up 15 percent, and the Caribbean, up 10 percent. The top overseas countries visited by U.S. residents in 2017 were the United Kingdom (3.8 million), Dominican Republic (2.7 million), France (2.6 million), Italy (2.3 million) and Germany (2.2 million). All the top 10 destinations visited by U.S. travelers posted increases in 2017. Travel to South and Central America was down as was travel to India and Brazil.


Source: National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce


For more information on the 2017 U.S. outbound market, visit the NTTO website at:


You will find a detailed 2017 outbound analysis, regional and sectoral profiles, monthly air traffic, spending and visitation trends for U.S. outbound travelers.


For additional information or questions, please contact:


U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration

Industry & Analysis
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Mail Stop 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone:(202) 482-0140/4753
Fax: (202) 482-2887