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January 23, 2015

U.S. Citizen International Travel Increased 12 Percent in November 2014

U.S. outbound totaled 62.0 million in 2014, up 10 percent for year
Travel to Mexico, Europe and Canada were top regions; Middle East up 11 percent

Monthly % changes 2014/12/12

November 2014/2013 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 2.1 million, up almost four percent in November and six percent for the year (28.2 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 675,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Caribbean, 514,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Asia, 364,000 travelers, travel was flat
  • Central America, 180,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Middle East, 144,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • South America, 134,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Oceania, 53,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Africa, 22,000 travelers, down six percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 2.8 million and was up 20 percent compared to November 2013. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (33.9 million) was up 13 percent.

  • Mexico, 2.2 million travelers, up 28 percent in November. Air travel (517,000) was up six percent
  • Canada, 595,000 travelers, down three percent. Air travel (238,000) up six percent

November 2014 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 45 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, an 18 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
  • Asia, a seven 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 55 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 36 percent share; and
  • Canada an 18 percent share.

Note1: Easter/Passover occurred ‘later’ in 2014 (April 20) vs. 2013 (March 31).
Note2: U.S. to Mexico (Border 1+ nights) was a significant contributor to overall Mexico performance from March through December.

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.