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
Pre-Booked Lodging*:
Responded - Yes60%54%73%
Sources for Booking Lodging*:
Travel Agent26%26%25%
Hotel/Motel9%10%9%
Company Travel Dept.9%4%21%
Business Associate7%3%17%
Tour Operator5%6%2%
Friend/Relative5%5%3%
Travel Companions*:
Traveling Alone40%34%57%
Spouse28%35%14%
Family/Relatives21%26%9%
Friends11%14%4%
Business Associates9%3%22%
Tour Group3%3%1%
Travel Party Size: (persons)
Adults Only94%92%98%
Adults and Children6%8%2%
Average Party Size1.51.61.3
Median Party Size1.01.01.0
Main Purpose of Trip:
Leisure/Recreation/Holidays37%48%7%
Business31%13%80%
Visit Friends/Relatives26%34%6%
Convention/Conference2%2%6%
Purpose of Trip*:
Leisure/Recreation/Holidays55%72%28%
Visit Friends/Relatives40%52%23%
Business36%20%95%
Study/Teaching5%5%4%
Convention/Conference4%3%12%
Religion/Pilgrimages3%3%2%

* 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).

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