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Date: Thur, 19 July 2001 15:05 (EST)
From: TInews Announcement <announce@tinet.ita.doc.gov>
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Subject: Earliest Release Ever! Tourism Industries Releases 2000 U.S. Outbound Travel Data

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Earliest Release Ever! Tourism Industries Releases 2000 U.S. Outbound Travel Data

Contact: Tourism Industries office
E-mail: otti@trade.gov
Web: http://tinet.ita.doc.gov
Phone: (202) 482-0140, Fax: (202) 482-2887

The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) Tourism Industries Office is proud to set a new record in releasing the 2000 In-Flight Survey data on U.S. Resident Travel to Overseas Destinations (National report) in mid-July. This report provides the travel and tourism marketer and planner with in-depth profiles of the U.S. outbound traveler.

In 2000, there were a record 26.9 million U.S. resident travelers going overseas, an increase of 9 percent from 1999. 2000 marks the ninth consecutive year in which U.S. travel overseas has increased. The following is a short list of other highlights from this report:

  • Americans averaged over three overseas trips in the past twelve months.
  • The top destinations for U.S. travelers were the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain. These countries led in both volume and market share, and all experienced increases in visitation from 1999.
  • The average length of stay for U.S. residents traveling overseas was more than two weeks (15 nights) with the majority of Americans visiting more than one destination. Over three-fourths (77 percent) of the travelers reported visiting more than one country, 15 percent cited two countries, and 8 percent visited three or more countries. The average total expenditure outside the U.S., excluding airfare, per visitor per trip was over $1,300. By contrast, overseas visitors to the U.S. spent an average of $300 more per visitor per trip.
  • California and New York were the top states of origin (18% and 15% respectively) of U.S. travelers to overseas destinations in 2000, with one in ten (11%) from New York City alone.

TI has also released an historical time line for U.S. travel abroad to the top destinations visited for 2000 & 1999, and a profile of the average U.S. traveler to overseas destinations. This information can be found by going to the new Outbound section on TI's web site:

The 2000 In-Flight Survey data release is based on a collection of 26,000 surveys of U.S. residents to overseas destinations. The 2000 "In-Flight Survey Report on U.S. Travelers to Overseas Destinations" may be ordered for $975 on our web site. Overseas travel excludes Canada and Mexico. Information is available for top states, cities, world regions and other key traveler characteristics. There are a total of 48 different subgroup analyses available with 32 tables containing the responses of U.S. travelers. From the report, national tourism offices, airlines and consultants can learn what states and cities generated visitors to over 60 countries around the world. If the hard copy National report does not meet your needs, data for custom reports are also available. To purchase the In-Flight Survey - Outbound National Report 2000, go to:


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Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2073
Washington, D.C. 20230
(202) 482-0140, fax: (202) 482-2887
e-mail: otti@trade.gov

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