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U.S. Visitation Abroad Sets 8-straight Record Year for Outbound Travel
The U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) Office of Tourism Industries has released the 1999 In-Flight Survey data on U.S. Resident Travel to Overseas Destinations (National report). This report provides the travel and tourism marketer and planner with in-depth profiles of the U.S. outbound traveler.
Highlights from the 1999 survey data of U.S. resident travelers overseas include:
In 1999, there were a record 24.6 million U.S. resident travelers going to overseas destinations, an increase of 7 percent from 1998. Travel overseas has increased for the last consecutive eight years. Americans averaged three overseas trips in the past twelve months. The top destinations for U.S. travelers were the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Jamaica. These countries led in both volume and market share. The United Kingdom (with 4.1 million) received almost a third more American visitors than France (with 2.7 million), the second leading country. The United Kingdom and France both experienced increases from 1998, 13 percent and 14 percent respectively. Germany hosted 4 percent more U.S. residents. Italy remained steady and Jamaica experienced a three- percent decline.
The average length of stay for U.S. residents traveling overseas was more than two weeks (15 nights) with the average American visiting more than one destination. Over three-fourths (77 percent) of the travelers reported visiting more than one country, 15 percent cited two countries, and 8 percent visited three or more countries. The average total expenditure per day outside the U.S., excluding airfare, per visitor per trip was over $1,200. By contrast, overseas visitors to the U.S. spent an average of $300 more per visitor per trip.
One in ten (11%) of U.S. travelers to overseas destinations in 1999 were residents of New York City. Following New York City as the top origin markets were: Los Angeles (5 percent); Washington, DC (4 percent); Boston (4 percent); Miami (3 percent); Chicago (3 percent); and San Francisco (3 percent).
TI has also released a historical time line for U.S. travel abroad to the top destinations visited for 1999 & 1998, and a profile of the average U.S. traveler to overseas destinations. This information can be found by going to new Outbound section on TI's web site.
The 1999 In-Flight Survey data release is based upon a collection of 34,000 surveys of U.S. residents to overseas destinations. The 1999 "In-Flight Survey Report on U.S. Travelers to Overseas Destinations" may be ordered for $750 via our web site. Overseas travel excludes Canada and Mexico. Information is available for top states, cities, world regions and other key traveler characteristics. There are a total of 48 different subgroup analysis available with 32 tables containing the responses of U.S. travelers. From the report, national tourism offices, airlines and consultants can learn what states and cities generated visitors to over 60 countries around the world. If the hard copy National report does not meet your needs, data for custom reports are also available. To purchase the In-Flight Survey - Outbound National Report 1999, go to TI's web site.
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