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December 09, 2013

U.S. Citizen International Travel Experienced Little Growth in July 2013

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 6.9 million travelers for the month and 36.3 million YTD
2013 Year-to-Date Travel was flat

July 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 3.1 million, up almost two percent in July and one percent for the year (17.6 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.3 million travelers, up three percent
  • Caribbean, 730,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Asia, 366,000 travelers, no growth
  • Central America, 279,000 travelers, up three percent
  • South America, 165,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Middle East, 139,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Oceania, 48,000 travelers, no growth
  • Africa, 36,000 travelers, down six percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.8 million and was down one percent compared to July 2012. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (18.7 million) was down one percent.

  • Mexico, 1.9 million travelers, down three percent; however, air travel (587,000) was up seven percent
  • Canada, 1.9 million travelers, up two percent; air travel (505,000) up 10 percent

July 2013 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 49 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 19 percent share;
  • Caribbean, a 12 percent share;
  • Asia, a seven 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, a one percent share

North American markets received 51 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 33 percent share; and
  • Canada a 19 percent share.

Note: An early Easter/Passover in 2012 accounted for shift in traffic; March 31, 2013 vs. April 8, 2012.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2013-O-001/index.html

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
Website: travel.trade.gov
Email: ntto@trade.gov


(1) Overseas markets reflect non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to Europe will not visit Europe, but will connect through one of Europe's airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, MAD, etc.) to Africa and the Middle East. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.