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February 20, 2015, revised July 15, 2015

U.S. Citizen International Outbound Travel up 11 Percent in 2014

Annual Departures totaled a Record 68.2 million travelers
U.S. Travel in December up 17 Percent

Monthly % changes 2014/12/12

Annual 2014/2013 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 30.8 million, up six percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 11.9 million travelers, up four percent
  • Caribbean, 7.2 million travelers, up ten percent
  • Asia, 4.5 million travelers, up four percent
  • Central America, 2.7 million travelers, up eight percent
  • Middle East, 1.8 million travelers, up 13 percent
  • South America, 1.8 million travelers, up two percent
  • Oceania, 601,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Africa, 358,000 travelers, up two percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 37.4 million, up 16 percent compared to 2013.

  • Mexico, a record 25.9 million (revised) U.S. travelers, up 24 percent. Border 1+ night travel was a significant contributor to overall Mexico performance from March through December. U.S. air travel to Mexico (6.9 million) was up 11 percent.
  • Canada, 11.5 million travelers, flat year-over-year. Air travel (3.4 million) was up by six percent.

Annual 2014 Market Shares

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 45 percent of total U.S. outbound travel, down two percentage points from 2013.

  • Europe, a 17 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 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, a one percent share

North American markets received 55 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 38 percent share; and
  • Canada, a 17 percent share.

Note: Easter/Passover occurred ‘later’ in 2014 (April 20) vs. 2013 (March 31).
Thanksgiving (U.S.) occurred ‘earlier’ in 2014 (Nov. 27) vs 2013 (Nov. 28)

For detailed information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

In 2011 NTTO (then OTTI) began to report U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, expanding beyond air-only traffic. Total 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 data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico, respectively.

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: https://travel.trade.gov/
Email: ntto@trade.gov

(1) 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 Survey of International Air Travelers data is compiled.