1998 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers(IFS)
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Posted January 2000
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U.S. RESIDENT TRAVELER CHARACTERISTICS:All U.S. TravelersFor Leisure & VFRFor Business & Conv.
Total Number of Travelers**23,069,00017,833,0008,559,000
Advance Trip Decision:
Average Number of Days81.795.348.7
Median Number of Days50.060.025.0
Advance Airline Reservation:
Average Number of Days48.357.027.9
Median Number of Days30.030.015.0
Means of Booking Trip:
Travel Agent61%62%57%
Airline Directly20%23%14%
Company Travel Department10%5%25%
Tour Operator4%5%1%
Information Sources*:
Travel Agency58%59%57%
Airline22%25%20%
Friends, Relatives16%19%7%
Company Travel Dept.11%5%26%
Travel Guides/Timetables6%8%4%
Tour Company5%7%2%
Newspapers/Magazines4%5%2%
Personal Computer12%14%11%
Use of Prepaid 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 23,069,000 (total U.S. Residents visiting overseas destinations), 17,833,000 (Leisure % Visit Friends/Relatives) and 8,559,000 (Business & Convention).