Abstract of International Travel To and From the U.S. - 1996

1996 PROFILE OF OVERSEAS TRAVELERS TO THE U.S. - INBOUND
REPORTED FROM: SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVELERS (IFS)

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OVERSEAS TRAVERLERS CHARACTERISTICS: ALL OVERSEAS VISITORS ALL LEISURE VISITORS ALL BUSINESS VISITORS
Total Number of Travelers = 22,628,000 14,343,000 7,001,000
Advance Package Booking:
Mean # of Days 65.1 67.7 30.9
Median # of Days 40 45 20
If Pre-Booked Lodging, Pre-Booked
Pre-Booked Through*:
Travel Agent 35% 42% 26%
Company Travel Dept. 8% 4% 20%
Tour Operator 7% 10% 2%
Hotel/Motel Directly 6% 6% 8%
Business Associate 6% 3% 16%
Friend/Relative 4% 5% 3%
Travel Companions*:
Traveling Alone 34% 20% 57%
Spouse 26% 35% 11%
Family/Relatives 24% 32% 8%
Friends 14% 19% 4%
Business Associates 11% 6% 24%
Tour Group 4% 5% 2%
Travel Party Size: (persons)
Adults Only 93% 89% 98%
Adults and Children 7% 11% 2%
Average Party Size 1.6 1.9 1.3
Median Party Size 1 2 1
Main Purpose of Trip:
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday 48% 76% 6%
Business/Professional 26% 7% 85%
Visit Friends/Relatives 15% 10% 3%
Convention/Conference 7% 4% 5%
Study/Teaching 3% 1% 1%
Purpose of Trip*:
Leisure/Recreation/Holiday 63% 100% 24%
Business 31% 12% 100%
Visit Friends/Relatives 31% 27% 19%
Convention/Conference 10% 6% 14%
Study/Teaching 5% 3% 4%

* Multiple Response

NOTE: All percentages listed in this profile can be converted into estimated numbers by multiplying the percentage by 22,658,000 (total overseas travelers to the U.S.), 14,343,000 (total leisure travelers), or 7,001,000 (total business travelers).

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