PO 1997 Profile of Overseas Travelers to the U.S. - Inbound Reported from: Survey of International Air Travelers (IFS)
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
Travel Companions*:
Traveling Alone34%20%57%
Family/Relatives26%34%8%
Spouse25%34%11%
Friends15%21%5%
Business Associates10%6%22%
Tour Group4%5%2%
Travel Party Size: (persons)
Adults Only92%88%98%
Adults and Children8%12%2%
Average Party Size1.6 1.91.3
Median Party Size1.0 2.0 1.0
Main Purpose of Trip:
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday49%77%7%
Business/Professional24%7%83%
Visit Friends/Relatives17%12%4%
Convention/Conference6%3%5%
Study/Teaching3%1%1%
Purpose of Trip*:
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday65%100%25%
Visit Friends/Relatives32%29%19%
Business29%11%100%
Convention/Conference10%5%15%
Study/Teaching5%3%4%
Type of Accommodations*:
Hotel, Motel83%85%90%
    Average Number of Nights7.67.87.2
    Median Number of Nights5.0 6.0 5.0
Private Home31%29%23%
    Average Number of Nights 18.0 16.9 13.3
    Median Number of Nights10.0 10.0 6.0
Other4%5%3%
    Mean Number of Nights17.815.3 19.1
    Median Number of Nights7.0 7.0 5.0
Nights Spent in the U.S.:
Average15.4 14.4 12.2
Median8.0 9.0 7.0
First International U.S. Trip:
First Time Visitors25%31%11%
Repeat Visitors75%69%89%

* 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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