1997 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations - Outbound Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers (IFS)
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Posted November 1998

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U.S. RESIDENT TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS:All U.S. TravelersFor Leisure & VFRFor Business & Conv.
Total Number of Travelers**21,634,00016,615,0008,286,000
Advance Trip Decision:
Average Number of Days79.091.647.8
Median Number of Days45.060.030.0
Advance Airline Reservation:
Average Number of Days47.255.327.2
Median Number of Days30.030.015.0
Means of Booking Trip:
Travel Agent63%64%60%
Airline Directly18%21%13%
Company Travel Department10%5%24%
Tour Operator4%4%***
Information Sources*:
Travel Agency60%61%60%
Airline22%24%19%
Friends, Relatives17%21%8%
Company Travel Dept.11%5%26%
Personal Computer8%9%8%
Travel Guides/Timetables7%9%4%
Tour Company5%6%2%
Newspapers/Magazines4%5%2%
National Government Tourist Office3%3%2%
State/City Travel Office2%2%***
Use of Pre-Paid Package:
Yes14%17%4%
No86%83%96%

* Multiple Response

** NOTE: Percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 21,634,000 (total U.S. Residents visiting overseas destinations), 16,615,000 (Leisure & Visit Friends/Relatives), and 8,286,000 (Business & Convention).

*** Not shown due to low sample size.

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