1999 Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations Reported From: Survey of International Air Travelers(IFS)
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Posted October 2000
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U.S. RESIDENT TRAVELER
CHARACTERISTICS:
Total Number of Travelers**
All
U.S. Travelers
24,579,000
For
Leisure & VFR
19,491,000
For
Business & Conv.
8,406,000
Advance Trip Decision:
Average Number of Days82.994.747.6
Median Number of Days45.060.025.0
Advance Airline Reservation:
Average Number of Days52.260.228.7
Median Number of Days30.030.014.0
Means of Booking Trip:
Travel Agent58%59%56%
Airline Directly21%24%14%
Company Travel Department10%5%25%
Tour Operator3%4%1%
Personal Computer3%4%2%
Information Sources*:
Travel Agency54%54%54%
Airline24%26%20%
Personal Computer17%19%14%
Friends, Relatives17%20%7%
Company Travel Dept.10%5%26%
Travel Guides/Timetables6%8%3%
Tour Company5%6%2%
Newspapers/Magazines4%4%1%
National Gov't Tourist Office2%2%1%
State/City/Travel Office2%2%1%
Use of Prepaid Package:
Yes14%17%4%
No 86%83%96%

*     Multiple Response.

**     NOTE: Percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 24,579,000 (total U.S. Residents visiting overseas destinations), 19,491,000 (Leisure % Visit Friends/Relatives) and 8,406,000 (Business & Convention).