Thursday, May 17, 2012

Overseas Travel Up 13% in Early 2012

Overseas travel was up 13 percent during the first two months of 2012, when compared with the same time last year, accordion to the US Commerce Department's Office of Travel and Tourism.

Topping the list was Europe, up 9 percent with 1.1 million travelers. The Caribbean was a close second, with 1 million Americans slipping on a pair of flip flops for fun in the sun. That's a 14 percent increase from last year, a good indication that people are back to spending money on leisure travel.

Asia saw an 11 percent incrust, while Central America saw the biggest increase at 25 percent. 

Overall, US overseas travel outside of North America accounted for 47 percent of all trips. Travel to Mexico had a 41 percent share, while travel north to Canada accounted for 12 percent of all trips.

In another positive sign, the UN World Tourism Organization reports that occupancy in the hospitality sector in 2011 rose 2% in both Europe and the Americas, and overall showed improvement from the decreases of 2008-2009.  And international tourism worldwide saw 4.4% growth in 2011 over 2010.