U.S. Outbound Travel Up for June and First Six Months

In the latest report, issued Oct. 3, U.S. travel to overseas markets totaled 3.6 million, up 7 percent in June and up six percent for the year (15.4 million), according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and the National Travel and Tourism Office.

The regional monthly results for June were as follows: Europe, 1.6 million travelers, up 4 percent; Caribbean, 743,000 travelers, up 10 percent; Asia, 424,000 travelers, up 8 percent; Central America, 301,000 travelers, up 8t percent; South America, 208,000 travelers, up 21 percent; Middle East, 181,000 travelers, up 8 percent; Oceania, 45,000 travelers, down 2 percent; and Africa, 41,000 travelers, up 5 percent.

U.S. travel to ‘other’ North American markets totaled 3.7 million and was up 14 percent compared to June 2013. Travel to Canada and Mexico for the first six months (17.2 million) was also up 14 percent.

With 2.2 million travelers, Mexico was up 23 percent; and air travel (708,000) was up 14 percent. Canada saw 1.5 million travelers and was down 1 percent; however, air travel (502,000) was up 10 percent.

For the first six months, U.S. overseas travel accounted for 47 percent of all outbound, international travel with 17 percent going to Europe; 12 percent o the Caribbean; 7 percent to Asia, 5 percent to Central America; 3 percent to South America, 3 percent to the Middle East, 1 percent to Oceania; and1 percent to Africa.

Other North American markets received 53 percent of all U.S. outbound travelers, including 38 percent going to Mexico and 15 percent to Canada.

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