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November 17, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Travel Grew Six Percent in August 2014

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 6.8 million travelers for the month and 47.0 million YTD
Travel to Mexico up 15 Percent in August

Monthly % changes 2014/13/12

August 2014/2013 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 2.7 million, up five percent in August and seven percent for the year (21.5 million). Regional results for August were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.186 million travelers, up two percent
  • Caribbean, 629,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Asia, 342,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Central America, 206,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Middle East, 146,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • South America, 144,000 travelers, down three percent
  • Oceania, 40,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Africa, 34,000 travelers, up four percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 4.1 million and was up nine percent compared to August 2013.

  • Canada, 1.9 million travelers, up almost one percent. Air travel (502,000) was up six percent
  • Mexico, 2.1 million travelers, up 15 percent due to a 19 percent increase in border (1+ night) travel. Air travel (518,000) was up 12 percent

Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (25.5 million) was up 13 percent.

August 2014 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 46 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, an 18 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
  • Asia, a six percent share;
  • Central America, a four percent share;
  • Middle East, a three percent share;
  • South America, a three percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost one percent share

North American markets received 54 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 36 percent share; and
  • Canada almost a 19 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2014-O-001/index.html

NTTO reports U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, expanding beyond air-only traffic. Total departure 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.

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140
Website: travel.trade.gov
Email: ntto@trade.gov


(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.