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October 26, 2017

U.S. Citizen International Outbound Travel Up Eight Percent in 2016
Annual Departures totaled a Record 80.2 million travelers
U.S. Travel in December up Nine Percent

Annual 2016/2015 Comparisons


U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 35.1 million, up seven percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 13.6 million travelers, up eight percent
  • Caribbean, 7.9 million travelers, up three percent
  • Asia, 5.4 million travelers, up 11 percent
  • Central America, 3.0 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Middle East, 2.2 million travelers, up six percent
  • South America, 2.0 million travelers, up eight percent
  • Oceania, 725,000 travelers, up 13 percent
  • Africa, 364,000 travelers, up four percent


U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 45.1 million, up nine percent compared to 2015.

  • Mexico, a record 31.2 million U.S. travelers, up nine percent. Tourist (longer haul travel) 17.0 million, was the strong segment in 2016, up 12 percent. Border 1+ night travel (14.2 million) increased five percent. U.S. air travel to Mexico (8.9 million) was up 12 percent.
  • Canada, 13.9 million travelers, up 10 percent year-over-year. Air travel (4.5 million) was up 17 percent.


Annual 2016 Market Shares


U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 44 percent of total U.S. outbound travel, down one percentage point from 2015.

    • Europe, a 17 percent share;
    • Caribbean, a 10 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, almost a one percent share


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

    • U.S. travel to Mexico a 39 percent share; and
    • Canada, a 17 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit:

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

  • 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.