US international travel up seven percent


The Office of Travel and Tourism Industries reports that U.S. citizen outbound market totaled 13.1 million travelers for the first three months of 2012.

March Year-to-Date (2012/2011) Comparisons

U.S. travel to overseas markets reached 6.3 million, up 11 percent in the first three months. Regional results were:

Europe, 1.9 million travelers, up eight percent

Caribbean, 1.6 million travelers, up 12 percent

Asia, 1.1 travelers, up 12 percent

Central America, 647,000 travelers, up 21 percent

South America, 424,000 travelers, up eight percent

Middle East, 346,000 travelers, up 17 percent

Oceania, 151,000 travelers, up 11 percent

Africa, 81,000 travelers, up one percent

U.S. travel to North American markets totaled 6.8 million, up almost three percent.

Mexico, 5.2 million travelers, up two percent; air travel (1.6 million) was up 11 percent

Canada, 1.6 million travelers, up five percent; air travel (608,000) was up by four percent

March Year-to Date Market Share

U.S. travel to overseas claimed 48 percent of all U.S. outbound international travel.

Europe almost a 15 percent share;

Caribbean a 13 percent share;

Asia an eight percent share;

Central America a five 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 52 percent of all U.S. international outbound travel.

U.S. travel to Mexico a 40 percent share; and
Canada a 12 percent share.

Total U.S. outbound travel for the months of January, February and March were up two percent, 12 percent and seven percent, respectively.