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US Outbound - April 2014

“US consumers’ mindsets have been somewhat altered in austere times, when financial pressures intensified demand for lower-budget holidays, last-minute deals and the pursuit of value for money. In 2014, many potential US travellers are facing high costs of living and remain focused on getting value for money.”

- Jessica Rawlinson, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What are the current trends in US outbound tourism?
  • Who travels outbound from the US, why and for how long?
  • Which destinations do they travel to?
  • How do they travel and where do they stay?
  • How much has outbound tourism from the US been affected by external events?
  • What does the future of US outbound tourism look like?
The US outbound traveller enjoys foreign travel all year round, but there are seasonal peaks in the summertime, around the Christmas holidays and during spring break.
 
December sees the highest level of departures abroad as American citizens make the most of the Christmas break to visit friends or take holidays to winter-sun destinations. An important component of the outbound travel market is the college spring break during March/April each year, which causes a surge in outbound leisure tourism by students. The Web is a vital tool for US travellers when researching and booking trips abroad.
This is particularly true of younger travellers in the Millennial generation (aged 18-32 years), who rely heavily on the Web to organise all elements of their life, including travel. Nevertheless, travel agencies still play a vital and much-needed role for those travellers who require the help of an expert.
 
This report looks at the following areas:
  • What are the current trends in US outbound tourism? 
  • Who travels outbound from the US, why and for how long? 
  • Which destinations do they travel to? 
  • How do they travel and where do they stay? 
  • How much has outbound tourism from the US been affected by external events? 
  • What does the future of US outbound tourism look like?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Market Drivers

        • Population
            • Figure 1: US mid-year population, 1950-2050
            • Figure 2: US mid-year population, 2012 & 2042
          • Economy
              • Figure 3: Selected macro-economic factors of the US economy, 2007-12
            • Exchange rates
                • Figure 4: Selected exchange rates against the US Dollar, 2008-13
              • Tourism balance
                  • Figure 5: Tourism receipts, expenditure & balance, 2009-12
              • Outbound Tourism

                • Arrivals
                    • Figure 6: Outbound departures of US citizens to overseas destinations, 2008-13
                  • Destinations
                    • Figure 7: US outbound travel, by region, 2010-13
                  • North America
                    • Canada
                      • Mexico
                          • Figure 8: US outbound visitors to North American destinations, 2008-13
                        • Europe
                          • UK
                            • France
                              • Italy
                                • Germany
                                  • Spain
                                    • Other
                                      • Figure 9: US outbound travel to selected European destinations, 2011-12
                                    • Caribbean
                                        • Figure 10: US outbound visitors to selected Caribbean destinations, 2008-12
                                      • Asia
                                        • China
                                          • India
                                            • Japan
                                              • Other
                                                • Figure 11: US outbound visitors to selected Asian destinations, 2008-12
                                              • Central America
                                                • South America
                                                  • Middle East
                                                    • Oceania
                                                      • Africa
                                                      • Market Characteristics

                                                        • Pre-booking behaviour and booking methods
                                                          • Researching travel
                                                            • Figure 12: Information sources used by US outbound travellers when visiting overseas destinations, 2012
                                                          • Methods of booking airline travel
                                                            • Figure 13: Means of booking air trip by US outbound travellers when visiting overseas destinations, 2011-12
                                                          • Demographics
                                                              • Figure 14: Selected demographic characteristics of US residents travelling to overseas destinations, 2012
                                                              • Figure 15: Outbound travel profile, by travel companion, 2012
                                                            • Purpose of visit
                                                                • Figure 16: Main purpose of trip of US travellers visiting overseas destinations, 2011-12
                                                              • Expenditure
                                                                  • Figure 17: Average trip expenditure, by US outbound travellers, 2011-12
                                                                • Length of stay
                                                                    • Figure 18: Length of stay & number of trips taken, by outbound travellers, 2012
                                                                  • Seasonality
                                                                    • Figure 19: Monthly US outbound travel to selected destinations, 2013
                                                                • Transport

                                                                    • Figure 20: Typical modes of transportation used by US residents outside the US, 2012
                                                                    • Figure 21: US residents entering Canada, by mode of transport, 2009-13
                                                                  • Air
                                                                    • Road
                                                                      • Rail
                                                                        • Sea
                                                                        • Accommodation

                                                                            • Figure 22: Type of accommodation used & average number of nights spent, by US outbound travellers, 2011 & 2012
                                                                            • Figure 23: Information resources used by US outbound travellers to book lodging, 2012
                                                                        • Tour Operators and Travel Agencies

                                                                            • Tour operators and Millennials
                                                                            • What Next?

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                                                                              US Outbound - April 2014

                                                                              £295.00 (Excl.Tax)