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September 22, 2015

U.S. International Travel Up 10 Percent in July 2015 and Seven Percent Year-to-Date

U.S. citizen outbound totaled 8.2 million travelers for the month and 43.1 million YTD

Monthly % changes 2015/14/13

July 2015/2014 Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets(1) totaled 3.6 million, up six percent in July and up five percent for the year (19.8 million). Regional monthly results were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.5 million travelers, up seven percent
  • Caribbean, 853,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Asia, 413,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Central America, 306,000 travelers, down one percent
  • Middle East, 200,000 travelers, up 35 percent
  • South America, 180,000 travelers, up seven percent
  • Oceania, 52,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Africa, 40,000 travelers, down three percent

U.S. travel to ‘other’ North American markets totaled 4.7 million and was up 13 percent compared to July 2014. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (23.4 million) was up nine percent.

  • Mexico, 2.6 million travelers, up 13 percent; and air travel (793,000) was up 13 percent
  • Canada, 2.1 million travelers, up 12 percent; air travel (499,000) was up seven percent

July 2015 YTD Market Share

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

  • Europe, a 17 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 two percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost one percent share

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

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 38 percent share; and
  • Canada a 16 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit: http://travel.trade.gov/view/m-2015-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: http://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, DXB, MEX etc.) to points beyond. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting 'visitation' (1+ nights), occurs after year-end Survey of International Air Travelers data is compiled.