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July 29, 2015

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Five Percent in May 2015

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 6.3 million travelers for the month and 27.2 million YTD
Year-to-Date Travel up Six Percent

Monthly % Changes 2015/14/13

May 2015/2014 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 3.0 million, up almost four percent in May and up five percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 1,340,000 travelers, up three percent
  • Caribbean, 648,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Asia, 410,000 travelers, up eight percent
  • Central America, 207,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Middle East, 182,000 travelers, up 12 percent
  • South America, 146,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Oceania, 45,000 travelers, down three percent
  • Africa, 32,000 travelers, down 12 percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.31 million, up six percent compared to May 2014.

  • Mexico, 2.24 million U.S. travelers, up six percent; air travel (648,000) up 12 percent. U.S. to Mexican border traffic (within 40 kilometers) was flat.
  • Canada, 1.07 million travelers, up eight percent; air travel (311,000) up six percent

Travel to Canada and Mexico was up seven percent for the year.

May 2015 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 46 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 15 percent share;
  • Caribbean, a 12 percent share;
  • Asia, a seven percent share;
  • Middle East, a three percent share;
  • Central America, a four percent share;
  • South America, a three percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost a one percent share

North American markets received 54 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 42 percent share; and
  • Canada a 12 percent share.

(Note: Easter/Passover occurred April 5 this year vs. April 20, 2014)

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