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
Main factor in Airline Choice:
Airfare22%27%12%
Convenient Schedule20%17%25%
Mile Bonus/Frequent Flier Program17%17%20%
Non-Stop Flight12%12%12%
Previous Good Experience8%8%8%
Safety Reputation5%5%4%
Loyalty to Carrier4%4%5%
Employer Policy3%2%7%
In-Flight Service Reputation2%2%2%
Type of Airline Ticket*:
Economy/Tourist/Coach66%73%51%
Executive/Business18%10%35%
Frequent Flier Award6%8%4%
First Class6%4%9%
Frequent Flier Upgrade5%4%7%
Discount/Group Fare3%4%2%
Non-revenue3%3%2%
Don't Know2%3%1%
Seating Area on Flight:
Economy/Tourist/Coach71%80%51%
Executive/Business20%14%35%
First Class9%6%14%
Sex and Age of Traveler:
Male Adults61%54%78%
Female Adults39%46%22%
Average Age of Male (years)45.545.845.2
Average Age of Female (years)42.542.841.6
Occupation:
Professional/Technical38%38%41%
Manager/Executive32%26%49%
Retired9%11%2%
Homemaker5%7%2%
Student5%7%1%
Clerical/Sales5%6%2%
Craftsman/Factory Worker3%3%1%
Government/Military2%2%2%
Annual Household Income:
Average$100,900$94,700$120,000
Median$87,700$79,400$110,800

* 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).

Source: Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration, In-Flight Survey, U.S. International Air Travel Statistics, 2/98

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