Table A Overall Travel Between the United States and Foreign Countries: 1990, 2000, 2003 2004

Table A
Overall Travel Between the United States and Foreign Countries: 1990, 2000, 2003 2004

(Thousands of visits)

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  1990 2000 2003 2004 Percent change, 1990-2004 Percent change, 2003-2004
TOTAL 315,173 367,122 320,891 338,132 7.3 5.4
Outbound travel from the United States 131,145 171,696 146,217 153,455 17.0 5.0
Inbound travel to the United States 184,028 195,426 174,674 184,677 0.4 5.7
NORTH AMERICA1 284,124 314,294 278,413 290,459 2.2 4.3
Overnight2 52,939 59,735 54,990 60,181 13.7 9.4
U.S. residents to Canada 12,252 15,188 14,232 15,056 22.9 5.8
U.S. residents to Mexico 16,381 19,285 17,566 19,370 18.2 10.3
Canadian residents to the United States 17,263 14,666 12,666 13,849 -19.8 9.3
Mexican residents to the United States 7,041 10,596 10,526 11,906 69.1 13.1
Same-day 231,185 254,559 223,423 230,278 -0.4 3.1
U.S. residents to Canada 22,482 28,805 21,277 19,539 -13.1 -8.2
U.S. residents to Mexico 64,038 81,565 68,690 72,139 12.7 5.0
Canadian residents to the United States 53,171 28,000 21,486 22,191 -58.3 3.3
Mexican residents to the United States 91,494 116,189 111,970 116,409 27.2 4.0
North America share of total (percent) 90.1 85.6 86.8 85.9    
OVERSEAS OVERNIGHT TRAVEL3 31,049 52,828 42,478 47,673 53.5 12.2
Outbound travel from the United States 15,990 26,853 24,452 27,351 71.1 11.9
Inbound travel to the United States 15,059 25,975 18,026 20,322 35.0 12.7

1 North American data in this table are different from and should not be compared with the border-crossing data in table 3.3. North American data in this table are different from and should not be compared with the land border-crossing data in table 3.3. These data cover visits by residents and/or citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico to and from the United States, while data in table 3.3 cover only the number of border crossings into the United States regardless of residency or citizenship.

2 U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico overnight data presented in this table are from the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. Throughout this report, U.S. Department of Commerce data are used for overall overnight visitor totals, while Canadian and Mexican sources are used for mode of transportation and trip purpose reporting. Data for table 3.1 are provided by Canadian and Mexican government agencies who make adjustments and revisions to their data at the modal level. Subsequently, the overall overnight travel totals provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce will differ from those in table 3.1.

3 The aggregate figures for overseas visits differ from the sum of visits to or from individual regions because a single outbound visits by a U.S. resident is counted once as an "overseas" visits but could be attributed to multiple regions. Overseas travel excludes travel to Canada and Mexico.

NOTES: 2000 inbound data revised for Canada and Mexico only.

Overnight = one or more nights spent on travel.

SOURCES: Overnight—U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, "Arrivals to the U.S. 1997-2004," and "U.S. Resident Travel Abroad: Historical Visitation—Outbound 1990-2003 (One or More Nights)." Same-day—Statistics Canada, International Travel: Travel Between Canada and Other Countries (Touriscope), Catalogue No. 66201 -XIE (Ottawa, Ontario: various years). Statistics Canada. Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education

Statistics Division, special tabulations (Ottawa, Ontario: various years).

Banco de México. Dirección General de Investigación Económica. Dirección de Medición Económica, special tabulations, (Mexico City, D.F.: various years).