1999 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers(IFS)
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Posted October 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
Main factor in Airline Choice:
Airfare25%29%16%
Mile Bonus/Frequent Flier Program18%18%18%
Convenient Schedule17%15%23%
Non-Stop Flight12%12%11%
Previous Good Experience8%8%8%
Safety Reputation5%4%4%
Loyalty to Carrier4%4%5%
Employer Policy4%2%8%
In-Flight Service Reputation2%2%2%
Type of Airline Ticket*:
Economy/Tourist/Coach68%73%53%
Executive/Business16%10%34%
Frequent Flier Award7%9%4%
Frequent Flier Upgrade5%4%7%
First Class4%3%6%
Discount/Group Fare3%3%2%
Non-revenue3%3%2%
Seating Area on Flight:
Economy/Tourist/Coach73%80%52%
Executive/Business21%15%39%
First Class6%5%9%
Sex and Age of Traveler:
Male Adults60%54%76%
Female Adults40%46%24%
Average Age of Male (years)45.245.544.6
Average Age of Female (years)42.843.042.4
Occupation:
Professional/Technical38%38%41%
Manager/Executive30%24%48%
Retired10%13%2%
Student6%7%2%
Homemaker5%7%2%
Clerical/Sales5%6%2%
Craftsman/Factory Worker3%3%1%
Government/Military2%2%2%
Annual Household Income:
Average $104,400$98,500$125,400
Median$91,900$85,100$116,100

* 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).

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA, Tourism Industries, 10/2001