US citizen outbound market totaled 8.1 million travelers for first 2 months of 2012
US international travel for February year-to-date 2012 up 6 percent
The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries (OTTI) in the International Trade Administration, US Department of Commerce issued the follow data on US travel to overseas markets, showing numbers were up 6 percent for January and February of 2012.
February Year-to-Date (2012/2011) Comparisons
US travel to overseas markets reached 3.8 million, up 13 percent in the first 2 months of 2012. Regional results were:
Europe: 1.1 million travelers, up 9 percent
Caribbean: 1.0 million travelers, up 14 percent
Asia: 688,000 travelers, up 11 percent
Central America: 396,000 travelers, up 25 percent
South America: 264,000 travelers, up 7 percent
Middle East: 224,000 travelers, up 19 percent
Oceania: 102,000 travelers, up 12 percent
Africa: 49,000 travelers, down 5 percent
US travel to North American markets totaled 4.3 million, up 1 percent. Mexico, at 3.3 million travelers, was flat, but air travel (990,000) was up 16 percent. Canada, at 984,000 travelers, was up 4 percent, and air travel (380,000) was up by 6 percent.
February Year-to Date Market Share
US travel to overseas claimed 47 percent of all US outbound international travel. Regional results:
Europe: a 13 percent share
Caribbean: a 12 percent share
Asia: a 9 percent share
Central America: a 5 percent share
South America: a 3 percent share
Middle East: a 3 percent share
Oceania: a 1 percent share
Africa: a 1 percent share
North American markets received 53 percent of all US international outbound travel. US travel to Mexico received a 41 percent share, and Canada received a 12 percent share.
Total US outbound travel for January and February were up 1 percent and 12 percent, respectively.
For detailed information and data tables, please visit: http://www.tinet.ita.doc.gov/view/m-2012-O-001/index.html .
In 2011 OTTI began to report total US outbound travel by month, not just air-only traffic. Total travel (all modes) to Canada and Mexico is provided along with their traditional air-only subtotals. The timing of this report is dependent on receipt of aggregate data from Stats Canada and Banco de Mexico.
In addition, since the DHS I-92 (APIS) data contains all air arrival data, in addition to air departure data, OTTI will also report total air traffic as soon as it is available each month. See January report http://www.tinet.ita.doc.gov/tinews/archive/tinews2012/20120313.html .