1998 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers(IFS)
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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
Pre-Booked Lodging*:
Responded - Yes59%53%75%
Sources for Booking Lodging*:
Travel Agent25%26%25%
Company Travel Dept.9%4%22%
Hotel/Motel9%10%8%
Tour Operator5%6%2%
Friend/Relative5%6%2%
Business Associate7%3%17%
Travel Companions*:
Traveling Alone42%35%59%
Spouse28%35%15%
Family/Relatives21%26%8%
Friends11%14%4%
Business Associates7%2%19%
Tour Group3%3%1%
Travel Party Size: (persons)
Adults Only94%91%97%
Adults and Children7%9%3%
Average Party Size1.51.61.3
Median Party Size1.01.01.0
Main Purpose of Trip:
Leisure/Recreation/Holidays37%49%8%
Business29%12%79%
Visit Friends/Relatives27%35%6%
Convention/Conference3%2%7%
Purpose of Trip*:
Leisure/Recreation/Holidays55%71%28%
Business35%19%94%
Visit Friends/Relatives41%53%21%
Convention/Conference5%3%13%
Study/Teaching4%4%4%
Religion/Pilgrimages3%2%1%

* 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).