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

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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U.S. Department of Commerce - National Travel & Tourism Office announced travel statistics for January 2015. Compare to January 2014, there is an increase of six percent in United States citizens’ travel to overseas markets in January in this year. The biggest increase is in Middle East with 16 percent increase.

Compare to January 2014, Regional results in January 2015 are as follows

  • 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 locations accounted 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.


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