1997 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations - Outbound Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers (IFS)
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Posted November 1998

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U.S. RESIDENT TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS:All U.S. TravelersFor Leisure & VFRFor Business & Conv.
Total Number of Travelers**21,634,00016,615,0008,286,000
Leisure/Recreational Acitivities*:
Dining in Restaurants85%84%89%
Shopping76%81%68%
Visit Historical Places53%60%40%
Sightseeing in Cities44%50%34%
Visit Small Towns/Villages44%52%27%
Touring the Countryside39%46%24%
Cultural Heritage Sights31%36%21%
Art Gallery, Museum28%33%20%
Water Sports/Sunbathing23%28%12%
Nightclub/Dancing23%26%18%
Guided Tours17%20%9%
Concert, Play, Musical16%19%12%
Ethnic Heritage Sites13%15%8%
Visit National Parks10%12%6%
Amusement/Theme Parks10%11%6%
Casinos/Gambling8%9%5%
Golf/Tennis8%8%8%
Cruises, 1 or More Nights6%7%2%
Camping, Hiking5%6%3%
Environmental/Ecological Sights5%5%3%
Attend Sporting Events4%4%3%
Hunting/Fishing3%4%2%
Snow Skiing2%2%1%
Average Total Trip Expenditures:
Per Travel Party$4,590$3,932$5,501
Per Visitor$3,023$2,428$4,237
Average Expenditures Outside the U.S.:
Per Travel Party$2,053$1,879$2,385
Per Visitor$1,352$1,160$1,837
Per Visitor Per Day$84$72$121
Trip Payment Method:
Credit Cards52%47%67%
Cash34%37%25%
Travelers Checks12%14%7%
Debit Cards2%3%2%

* Multiple Response.

** NOTE: Percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 21,634,000 (total U.S. Residents visiting overseas destinations),16,615,000 (Leisure & Visit Friends/Relatives), and 8,286,000 (Business & Convention).

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