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December 07, 2012

U.S. International Outbound Travel Up One Percent in September 2012, Up Three Percent YTD

U.S. citizen departures totaled 46.9 million travelers for the first nine months of 2012

September Year-to-Date (2012/2011) Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) reached 22.2 million, up seven percent in the first nine months. Regional results were:

  • Europe, 9.0 million travelers, up five percent
  • Caribbean, 5.1 million travelers, up eight percent
  • Asia, 3.2 million travelers, up six percent
  • Central America, 1.8 million travelers, up 12 percent
  • South America, 1.3 million travelers, up four percent
  • Middle East, 1.1 million travelers, up 13 percent
  • Oceania, 399,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Africa, 282,000 travelers, up one percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 24.7 million, flat from last year.

  • Mexico, 15.0 million travelers, down two percent; air travel (4.3 million) was up four percent
  • Canada, 9.7 million travelers, up three percent; air travel (2.8 million) up by two percent

September 2012 Year-to Date Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 47 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 19 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
  • Asia, a seven percent share;
  • Central America, a four percent share;
  • South America, a three percent share;
  • Middle East, a two percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost a one percent share.

North American markets received 53 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 32 percent share; and
  • Canada a 21 percent share.

Total U.S. outbound travel by month: January, up one percent; February, up 12 percent; March, up eight percent; April, up almost one percent; May, up one percent; June, up five percent; July, down three percent, August, up four percent and September, up one percent.

% Change 2012/2011

For detailed information and data tables please visit: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2012-O-001/index.html

In 2011 OTTI began to report U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, expanding beyond air-only traffic. Total travel, inclusive of all modes, to Canada and Mexico is reported in addition to the air-only subtotals. The timing of this report is dependent on receipt of aggregate data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico.

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(1) Overseas markets reflect non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to Europe will not visit Europe, but will connect through one of Europe's airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, MAD, etc.) to Africa and the Middle East. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting visitation (1+ nights), occurs after year-end data is compiled.