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March 27, 2018


U.S. Citizen International Outbound Travel Up Nine Percent in 2017

Annual Departures totaled a Record 87.7million travelers

U.S. Travel in December up Seven Percent




Annual 2017/2016 Comparisons


U.S. air travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 38.3 million, up nine percent for the year. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 15.8 million travelers, up 16 percent
  • Caribbean, 8.3 million travelers, up six percent
  • Asia, 5.8 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Central America, 3.0 million travelers, up two percent
  • Middle East, 2.3 million travelers, up six percent
  • South America, 1.95 million travelers, down four percent
  • Oceania, 776,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Africa, 403,000 travelers, up 11 percent


U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 49.4 million, up 10 percent compared to 2016.

  • To Mexico, U.S. travelers totaled a record 35.1 million, up 12 percent
  • ‘Tourist’(longer haul travel) 18.5 million, up nine percent.
  • U.S. air travel to Mexico (9.8 million), part of ‘Tourist’, was up 10 percent
  • Border (1+ nights travel) 16.5 million, increased 17 percent.


  • To Canada, 14.3 million U.S. travelers, up three percent year-over-year. Air travel (4.8 million) was up seven percent.


Annual 2017 Market Shares


U.S. air travel to overseas locations accounted for 44 percent of total U.S. outbound travel, about the same as in 2016. Regional composition:  

    • Europe, an 18 percent share (up one percentage point from 2016);
    • 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 two percent share (down one percentage point from 2016);
    • 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 40 percent share (up one percentage point from 2016);
    • To Canada, a 16 percent share (down one percentage point from 2016).


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 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico, respectively.



U.S. Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration / Industry and Analysis
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-4753



  • 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 and will be available in 2018.