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February 01, 2016

U.S. Citizen International Travel Increased Nine Percent in November 2015
U.S. outbound totaled 66.7 million in 2015, up Eight percent for year
Robust Growth Noted in Several Regions for the Month

November 2015/2014 Comparisons

U.S. travel to all international regions totaled 5.3 million for November.

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 2.3 million, up nine percent in November and six percent for the year (29.9 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 706,000 travelers, up five percent
  • Caribbean, 523,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Asia, 418,000 travelers, up 15 percent
  • Central America, 211,000 travelers, up 17 percent
  • Middle East, 172,000 travelers, up 20 percent
  • South America, 156,000 travelers, up 17 percent
  • Oceania, 58,000 travelers, up nine percent
  • Africa, 25,000 travelers, up almost 13 percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.1 million and was up nine percent compared to November 2014. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (36.7 million) was also up nine percent.

  • Mexico, 2.4 million travelers, up eight percent in November. Air travel (622,000) was up 20 percent
  • Canada, 628,000 travelers, up 12 percent. Air travel (225,000) up nine percent

November 2015 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, a 10 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 38 percent share; and
    • Canada almost an 18 percent share.


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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)
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Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone:  (202) 482-0140
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Email:  ntto@trade.gov

  • 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.