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U.S. citizen outbound totaled 5.75M travelers for the month and 55.9M YTD with September travel to Overseas up 10%, Mexico 18%, and Canada 17%

December 1, 2015

September 2015/2014 Comparisons(1)

U.S. travel to overseas markets totaled 2.6 million, up 10 percent in September and six percent for the year (25.2 million). Regional results for the month were as follows:

  • Europe, 1.357 million travelers, up nine percent
  • Caribbean, 403,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • Asia, 358,000 travelers, up six percent
  • Middle East, 149,000 travelers, up 12 percent
  • Central America, 132,000 travelers, up nine percent
  • South America, 129,000 travelers, up 14 percent
  • Oceania, 42,000 travelers, up 11 percent
  • Africa, 29,000 travelers, down two percent

U.S. travel to other North American markets totaled 3.1 million and was up 18 percent compared to September 2014. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the year (30.6 million) was up nine percent.

  • Mexico, 1.9 million travelers, up 18 percent in September. Air travel (406,000) was up 33 percent. Border 1+ nights up 10 percent and ‘Tourist’ (longer haul) travel up 29 percent.
  • Canada, 1.3 million travelers, up 17 percent. Air travel (342,000) up four percent

September 2015 YTD Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 45 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 18 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
  • Asia, a six percent share;
  • Central America, a four percent share;
  • South America, a two percent share;
  • Middle East, a three percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost one percent share

North American markets received 55 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 37 percent share; and
  • Canada an 18 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit:

NTTO reports U.S. outbound travel monthly by all modes, expanding beyond air-only traffic. Total departure travel, inclusive of all modes, to Canada and Mexico is reported in addition to the air-only subtotals. The timing of this report is dependent on receipt of aggregate data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico.

U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration/Industry & Analysis
National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 10003
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-0140

Overseas and Mexico air markets reflect non-stop air-only data. A portion of the non-stop passenger traffic to Europe, Middle East and Mexico will transit those regions, connecting through airline hubs (LHR, AMS, FRA, CDG, DBX, MEX etc.) to points beyond. The adjustment to these regions, reflecting ‘visitation’ (1+ nights), occurs after year-end Survey data is compiled.

About The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO)

The National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating international travel and tourism statistics for the U.S. Travel and Tourism Statistical System. For more monthly travel and tourism-related trade data dating back to 1992, please visit the NTTO site at: / (202) 482-0140

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