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December 31, 2013

U.S. Citizen International Travel Grew Two Percent in September 2013

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 4.7 million travelers for the month and 47.4 million YTD
Travel to Europe up Three Percent in September

September 2013/2012 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 2.2 million, up one percent in September and one percent for the year (22.4 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.2 million travelers, up three percent
  • Caribbean, 317,000 travelers, down four percent
  • Asia, 315,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Central America, 117,000 travelers, flat
  • South America, 111,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Middle East, 111,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Oceania, 37,000 travelers, down three percent
  • Africa, 27,000 travelers, down two percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 2.5 million and was up three percent compared to September 2012. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (25.0 million) was up one percent.

  • Mexico, 1.4 million travelers, up nine percent in September. Air travel (335,000) was up 17 percent
  • Canada, 1.1 million travelers, down five percent. Air travel (366,000) up seven percent

September 2013 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 47 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 19 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 percentshare;
  • 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 53 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 32 percent share; and
  • Canada a 21 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.