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April 28, 2015

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Eight Percent in February 2015

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 9.6 million travelers for first two months, up Nine Percent
Strong Traffic to the Caribbean, Middle East and Mexico

Monthly % Changes 2015/14/13

February 2015/2014 YTD Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 4.2 million, up six percent

Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1.09 million travelers, up one percent
  • Caribbean, 1.17 million travelers, up 12 percent
  • Asia, 718,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Central America, 454,000 travelers, up two percent
  • South America, 265,000 travelers, flat
  • Middle East, 279,000 travelers, up 15 percent
  • Oceania, 121,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Africa, 45,000 travelers, up one percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 5.4 million, up 12 percent.

  • Mexico, 4.4 million travelers, up 14 percent; air travel (1.27 million) was up 10 percent. (Border travelers, 1+ nights, were up 18 percent)
  • Canada, 983,000 travelers, up five percent; air travel (351,000) up seven percent (Note: Stats Canada revised 2013-2014 data)

February 2015 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 44 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 11 percent share;
  • Caribbean, a 12 percent share;
  • Asia, an eight percent share;
  • Central America, a five percent share;
  • South America, a three percent share;
  • Middle East, a three percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost a one percent share

North American markets received 56 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico, 46 percent share; and
  • Canada, 10 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: https://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-O-001/index.html

In 2011 OTTI began to report 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 / Industry & Analysis
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, DXB, 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.