Americans Travel to These Places the Most

Americans Travel to These Places the Most

With summer fast approaching, many Americans are gearing up for vacations abroad, perhaps in greater numbers than ever. In 2016, roughly 32.8 million Americans travelled overseas up 7 percent from the previous year.

While Americans might be travelling in record numbers, some regions of the world see much more traffic than others. Used data from the Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office to find the places where the most Americans travelled to in 2017.

WanderBat only considered U.S. outbound travel to overseas places, which includes all nations except Mexico and Canada. Moreover, because the National Travel and Tourism Office only included countries that had a sample size of 400 or more in its report, the list is not representative of every country American travelled to only the most popular. The figures (rounded to the nearest thousand) include both leisure and business trips.

The resulting ranking contains 39 places from around the world. European nations were especially popular, taking five of the top 10 most-visited spots. Locations in the Caribbean also proved to be top destinations, likely due to their proximity to the East Coast. China and India were the only two countries outside of Europe or the Caribbean to crack the top 10.

Americans Travel to These Places the Most

10. India

Area: Asia

Number of travellers in 2015: 1,082,000
Market share: 3.3%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 0.46%

 

 

9. Bahamas

Area: Caribbean

Number of travellers in 2015: 1,115,000
Market share: 3.4%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 0.63%

 

8. China

Area: Asia

Number of travellers in 2015: 1,213,000
Market share: 3.7%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 6.5%

 

 

7. Spain

Area: Europe

Number of travellers in 2015: 1,312,000
Market share: 4%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 12.14%

 

6. Jamaica

Area: Caribbean

Number of travellers in 2015: 1,508,000
Market share: 4.6%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 8.88%

 

5. Germany

Area: Europe

Number of travellers in 2015: 1,771,000
Market share: 5.4%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: -5.7%

 

4. Italy

Area: Europe

Number of travellers in 2015: 2,033,000
Market share: 6.2%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 6.55%

 

3. France

Area: Europe

Number of travellers in 2015: 2,361,000
Market share: 7.2%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 11.16%

 

2. Dominican Republic

Area: Caribbean

Number of travellers in 2015: 2,787,000
Market share: 9%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 2.88%

 

1. United Kingdom

Area: Europe

Number of travellers in 2015: 2,885,000
Market share: 9%
Percent change in travellers from 2014: 1.87%