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U.S. Citizen International Travel up Ten Percent in January 2015

March 28, 2015 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

January 2015/2014 Comparisons

unnamedU.S. citizen outbound totaled 4.9 million travelers for the first month of 2015
Strong Traffic to the Caribbean, Middle East and Mexico

U.S. travel to overseas markets (1) totaled 2.1 million, up six percent in January.

Regional results were:

  • Europe, 586,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Caribbean, 560,000 travelers, up 12 percent
  • Asia, 392,000 travelers, up four percent
  • Central America, 224,000 travelers, up two percent
  • Middle East, 163,000 travelers, up 16 percent
  • South America, 129,000 travelers, up one percent
  • Oceania, 53,000 travelers, up three percent
  • Africa, 25,000 travelers, up five percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 2.76 million, up 13 percent in January.

  • Mexico, 2.26 million travelers, up 15 percent; air travel (610,000) was up 11 percent
    Border visitors (1.089 million), who only traveled 40k into the Mexican ‘zone’ for 1+ nights, were up 24 percent.
  • Canada, 504,000 travelers, up six percent; air travel (202,000) up seven percent

January 2015 Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas locationsaccounted for 44 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.

  • Europe, a 12 percent share;
  • Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
  • Asia, an eight percent share;
  • Central America, a five percent share;
  • Middle East, a three percent share;
  • South America, a three percent share;
  • Oceania, a one percent share, and
  • Africa, almost a one percent share

North American markets received 56 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel, up one percentage point from January 2014.

  • U.S. travel to Mexico a 46 percent share; and
  • Canada a 10 percent share.

For detailed information and data tables please visit:

In 2011 NTTO (then OTTI) began to report 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.

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