1999 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers(IFS)
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Posted January 2000
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U.S. RESIDENT TRAVELER
CHARACTERISTICS:
Total Number of Travelers**
All
U.S. Travelers
24,579,000
For
Leisure & VFR
19,491,000
For
Business & Conv.
8,406,000
Leisure/Recreational Acitivities*:
Dining in Restaurants
86%
85%
90%
Shopping
76%
80%
68%
Visit Historical Places
53%
59%
41%
Sightseeing in Cities
46%
50%
36%
Visit Small Towns/Villages
44%
50%
28%
Touring the Countryside
38%
45%
23%
Cultural Heritage Sights
31%
36%
21%
Art Gallery, Museum
29%
34%
22%
Nightclub/ Dancing
24%
26%
18%
Water Sports/Sunbathing
22%
25%
12%
Guided Tours
17%
20%
10%
Concert, Play, Musical
15%
17%
12%
Ethnic Heritage Sites
13%
14%
7%
Amusement/Theme Parks
10%
11%
5%
Visit National Parks
9%
10%
5%
Casinos/Gambling
8%
9%
4%
Golf/Tennis
7%
8%
6%
Camping, Hiking
5%
6%
3%
Cruises, 1 or More Nights
5%
5%
2%
Environmental/Ecological Sights
4%
5%
2%
Attend Sporting Events
4%
4%
3%
Hunting/Fishing
3%
4%
2%
Snow Skiing
2%
2%
1%
       
Average Total Trip Expenditures:
Per Travel Party
$4,228
$3,753
$5,074
Per Visitor
$2,799
$2,342
$3,955
       
Average International Airfare:
Per Travel Party
$1,967
$1,490
$2,708
Per Visitor
$1,368
$980
$2,135
       
Average Expenditures Outside the U.S.:
Per Travel Party
$1,927
$1,836
$2,173
Per Visitor
$1,275
$1,146
$1,694
Per Visitor Per Day
$84
$74
$124
       
Trip Payment Method
Credit Cards
54%
49%
69%
Cash
34%
37%
24%
Travelers Checks
9%
10%
5%
Debit Cards
4%
5%
3%

*Multiple Response.

**NOTE: Percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 24,579,000 (total U.S. Residents visiting overseas destinations), 19,491,000 (Leisure % Visit Friends/Relatives) and 8,406,000 (Business & Convention).