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
Type of Accommodations*:
Hotel, Motel71%65%83%
     Average Number of Nights8.68.78.6
     Median Number of Nights6.07.06.0
Private Home38%46%27%
     Average Number of Nights17.215.917.9
     Median Number of Nights10.010.08.0
Other6%6%5%
     Mean Number of Nights18.914.719.9
     Median Number of Nights7.07.07.0
Nights Outside the U.S.:
Average16.116.115.2
Median10.011.08.0
First International Trip:
First Time Visitors7%8%3%
Repeat Visitors93%92%97%
Number of International Trips in Past 12 Months:
Mean Number of Trips3.22.44.9
Median Number of Trips2.02.03.0
Number of International Trips in Past 5 Years:
Mean Number of Trips12.1919.8
Median Number of Trips6.05.012.0
Number of Countries Visited*:
One Country76%77%71%
Two Countries15%14%19%
Three or More Countries9%9%11%
Average (Countries)1.41.41.5
Median (Countries)1.01.01.0
Number of Destinations Visited*:
One Destination56%54%52%
Two Destinations22%21%25%
Three or More Destinations22%25%23%
Average (No. of Destinations)1.92.01.9
Median (No. of Destinations)1.01.01.0

* 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).

NOTE: Some variance in data may occur due to rounding.

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