The international outbound travel market details for U.S. citizens are announced.
U.S. travel to overseas markets totaled 25.5 million, up six percent for the year. Regional results were:
• Europe, 11.2 million travelers, up four percent
• Caribbean, 6.4 million travelers, up seven percent
• Asia, 4.3 million travelers, up four percent
• Central America, 2.4 million travelers, up 11 percent
• South America, 1.7 million travelers, up three percent
• Middle East, 1.5 million travelers, up 11 percent
• Oceania, 547,000 travelers, up eight percent
• Africa, 365,000 travelers, down less than one percent
U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 32.2 million, up two percent compared to 2011.
• Mexico, 20.4 million travelers, up one percent (this estimate may be revised in May). Air travel (5.8 million) was up four percent
• Canada, 11.9 million travelers, up two percent; air travel (3.5 million) was up by two percent
Annual 2012 Market Shares
U.S. travel to overseas locations accounted for 47 percent of U.S. outbound international travel.
• Europe, a 19 percent share;
• Caribbean, an 11 percent share;
• Asia, a seven percent share;
• Central America, a four percent share;
• South America, a three percent share;
• Middle East, a three percent share;
• Oceania, a one percent share, and
• Africa, a one percent share.
North American markets received 53 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.
• U.S. travel to Mexico a 33.5 percent share; and
• Canada a 19.5 percent share.Total U.S. outbound travel by month: January, up one percent; February, up 12 percent; March, up eight percent; April, up almost one percent; May, up one percent; June, up five percent; July, down three percent, August, up four percent, September and October, both up almost one percent and November, up two percent. December was down almost one percent.