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December 05, 2014

U.S. Citizen International Travel up Seven Percent in September 2014 Nine Percent YTD

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 5.1 million travelers for the month and 52.1 million YTD
Travel to/through Mexico up 11 Percent, Middle East 20 Percent in September

Monthly % changes 2014/13/12

September 2014/2013 Comparisons(1)

U.S. travel to overseas markets totaled 2.4 million, up seven percent in September and almost seven percent for the year (23.8 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.2 million travelers, up six percent
  • Caribbean, 347,000 travelers, up 10 percent
  • Asia, 339,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Middle East, 133,000 travelers, up 20 percent
  • Central America, 121,000 travelers, up four percent
  • South America, 113,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Oceania, 38,000 travelers, up three percent
  • Africa, 29,000 travelers, up nine percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 2.7 million and was up seven percent compared to September 2013. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (28.3 million) was up 12 percent.

  • Mexico, 1.6 million travelers, up 11 percent in September. Air travel (305,000) was up two percent. Border 1+ nights up 15 percent and ‘Tourist’ (longer haul) travel up five percent.
  • Canada, 1.2 million travelers, up one percent. Air travel (394,000) up eight percent

September 2014 YTD Market Share

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

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

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

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 35 percent share; and
  • Canada 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 and Mexico air markets reflect non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to Europe, Middle East and Mexico will transit those regions, connecting through airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, DBX, MEX etc.) to points beyond. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting ‘visitation’ (1+ nights), occurs after year-end Survey data is compiled.