1997 Profile of Overseas Travelers to the U.S. - Inbound Reported from: Survey of International Air Travelers (IFS)
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Posted November 1998

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OVERSEAS TRAVELERS CHARACTERISTICS:ALL OVERSEAS VISITORSALL LEISURE VISITORSALL BUSINESS VISITORS
Total Number of Travelers =24,194,000 15,654,000 7,089,000
Advance Trip Decision:
Average Number of Days70.3 84.936.0
Median Number of Days40.0 60.0 20.0
Advance Airline Reservation:
Average Number of Days43.5 55.120.4
Median Number of Days28.0 30.0 10.0
Means of Booking Air Trip:
Travel Agent70%72%64%
Airlines Directly11%10%10%
Company Travel Dept.8%4%21%
Tour Operator8%11%2%
Information Sources*:
Travel Agent62%64%59%
Friends, Relatives18%23%8%
Airlines14%13%17%
Travel Guides/Timetables12%17%4%
Tour Operator/Company10%13%4%
Corporate Travel Dept.9%5%23%
Newspapers/Magazines8%11%2%
State/City Travel Office6%7%4%
Personal Computer 6%7%5%
Use of Pre-Paid Package:
Yes23%31%7%
No (Independent)78%69%93%
If Package Used, Type of Package*:
Air/Lodging18%25%5%
Guided Tour9%13%3%
Air/Lodging/Tour7%9%2%
Air/Rental Car5%6%2%
Air/Lodging/Bus5%7%2%
Air/Lodging/Rental Car3%4%2%
Air/Lodging/Bus/Tour3%5%1%
Use of Prepaid Lodging as Part of Package:
Yes85%86%79%
No15%14%21%
Mean # of Nights7.37.1 8.5
Median # of Nights5.0 5.0 6.0
Advance Package Booking:
Mean # of Days58.360.0 43.7
Median # of Days40.0 40.0 30.0
If Pre-Booked Lodging, Pre-Booked Through*:
Travel Agent34%41%26%
Company Travel Dept.8%3%21%
Tour Operator7%10%2%
Hotel/Motel Directly6%7%8%
Business Associate6%2%15%
Friend/Relative5%6%3%

* Multiple Response

NOTE: All percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 24,194,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.), 15,654,000 (total leisure travelers), or 7,089,000 (total business travelers).

Business travelers are defined as the respondents who stated their purpose of trip was business/professional, Multiple purposes of trip are allowed. Leisure travelers are defined as the respondents who stated their purpose of trip was leisure/ recreation/holidays/sightseeing. Multiple purposes of trip are allowed.

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