1998 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers(IFS)
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U.S. RESIDENT TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS:All U.S. TravelersFor Leisure & VFRFor Business & Conv.
Total Number of Travelers**23,069,00017,833,0008,559,000
Main factor in Airline Choice:
Airfare24%28%15%
Convenient Schedule19%16%25%
Mile Bonus/Frequent Flier Program16%17%18%
Non-Stop Flight12%11%12%
Previous Good Experience8%9%9%
Safety Reputation5%5%4%
Loyalty to Carrier4%4%5%
Employer Policy4%2%7%
In-Flight Service Reputation2%2%2%
Type of Airline Ticket*:
Economy/Tourist/Coach66%72%50%
Executive/Business18%11%36%
Frequent Flier Award7%9%4%
First Class5%4%8%
Frequent Flier Upgrade5%4%8%
Discount/Group Fare3%4%2%
Non-revenue2%3%1%
Don't Know2%3%1%
Seating Area on Flight:
Economy/Tourist/Coach70%79%49%
Executive/Business21%16%37%
First Class8%6%14%
Sex and Age of Traveler:
Male Adults61%54%78%
Female Adults39%46%23%
Average Age of Male (years)45.445.445.4
Average Age of Female (years)43.243.542.0
Occupation:
Professional/Technical38%38%40%
Manager/Executive32%26%50%
Retired10%12%2%
Homemaker5%7%1%
Student6%7%1%
Clerical/Sales5%5%3%
Craftsman/Factory Worker3%3%1%
Government/Military2%2%2%
Annual Household Income:
Average$103,500$97,000$123,300
Median$90,300$82,000$112,800

* Multiple Response.

** NOTE: Percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 23,069,000 (total U.S. Residents visiting overseas destinations), 17,833,000 (Leisure % Visit Friends/Relatives) and 8,559,000 (Business & Convention).

Source: Tourism Industries, International Trade Administration, In-Flight Survey, U.S. International Air Travel Statistics, 7/99