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Report Reveals Where, Why Americans Traveled Overseas in 2014

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | August 13, 2015

Report Reveals Where, Why Americans Traveled Overseas in 2014

While nearby Mexico and Canada remain the top two international destinations for American tourists, overseas destinations including the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic aren't far behind. 

New data revealed in a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Travel and Tourism Office, titled "Profile of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations: 2014 Outbound," shows where the nearly 70 million Americans who ventured across the border in 2014 wound up.

A majority (38 million) traveled either south to Mexico or north to Canada. But millions more traveled overseas and outside of North America. Outside of the U.K. and Dominican Republic, data shows that France, Italy and Germany remain popular destinations for traveling Americans.

Of the roughly 30.8 million Americans who traveled overseas in 2014, 27 percent were either New Yorkers or Californians. Meanwhile, Texans accounted for eight percent of U.S. overseas travelers last year. 

Nearly 83 percent of the more than 30 million Americans traveling overseas last year were taking leisure trips, while the remainder were traveling for business. Most often leisure trips consisted of vacation or visiting friends and relatives. And if road warriors weren't conducting business aboard, they were typically attending a conference or convention. 

Visitation to the U.S. 

Interestingly, figures from the National Travel and Tourism Office provided by show that significantly more travelers from select countries in South America and Asia visited the U.S. last year than did Americans travel to those countries.

For example, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia each saw more citizens venture to the U.S. than the number of Americans they hosted in 2014. The same can be said for China, Japan, South Korea and Australia

The Commerce Department's data dives even deeper than that, though, going so far as to shed light on foreigners' preferred activities after they arrived in the U.S. While amusement parks were most popular among Brazilians, Spanish visitors often sought out art galleries and museums.

Hunting and fishing was most popular among Irish visitors in 2014, Chileans preferred fine dining and Japanese travelers showed the most interest in water sports. 

At least a dozen different activities were found to be popular among Australians visiting the U.S. last year, including camping and hiking; casinos and gambling; concerts, plays and musicals; guided tous; national parks; sightseeing and snow sports, among others.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, shopping and sightseeing were the two activities international visitors to the U.S. most often participated in last year. 


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