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The timing of the Easter and Passover holidays had a lot to do with the increase in U.S. travelers' international trips in April 2014.

The number of U.S. citizens traveling abroad in April 2014 increased 17 percent over the same month last year, according to monthly statistics released this week by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.

Every month, the NTTO releases data regarding recent travel activity, including details about outbound travel from the United States. This is the most recent month for which this information is available.

One reason for the significant increase in tourism year-over-year was due to the timing of the Easter and Passover holidays. Easter fell on April 20, 2014, as opposed to March 31 the year prior. Passover in 2014 was April 14 to 22 while in 2013 it was March 25 to April 2.

North America, as usual, captured the greatest market share of U.S. international outbound travel with 42 percent heading to Mexico and 12 percent traveling to Canada.

Travel to both countries increased in April by a total of 25 percent year-over-year. This is significantly higher than 11-percent year-over-year increase experienced in March.

Among overseas markets, Europe captured 14 percent of outbound travel, or about 868,000 travelers, in April. The Caribbean was close behind with 12 percent of market share, or 683,000 travelers, in the same month.

Central America and the Middle East posted the highest year-over-year growth, 19 percent, in April. This is the second month in a row that Central America posted the highest growth.

South America was the only region to post a decline, one percent, in both March and April.

U.S. Citizen Outbound Travel April 2014

Region Travelers [April 2014] YTD Comparisons YTD Market Share [April 2014]
North America 2.8M 14% 54%
Europe 868,000 4% 14%
Caribbean 630,000 7% 12%
Asia 382,000 3% 8%
South America 123,000 -1% 3%
Central America 214,000 11% 5%
Oceania 41,000 6% 1%
Middle East 142,000 12% 3%
Africa 28,000 – 4% 1%

Outbound U.S. travel increases every month from the beginning of year leading up to the busiest travel months between June and August.

U.S. Citizen Travel to International Regions in 2014 by Month

Regions Jan Feb Mar Apr
North America 2,439,199 2,442,851 2,846,314 2,750,197
Europe 577,691 497,003 806,663 868,367
Caribbean 498,620 550,203 705,211 629,774
Asia 376,296 312,814 397,296 381,817
South America 127,749 137,612 154,680 123,068
Central America 219,192 225,540 283,108 213,929
Oceania 51,774 62,658 60,097 41,314
Middle East 140,179 119,192 140,706 141,744
Africa 23,982 21,066 27,950 27,59
Grand Total 4,454,682 4,368,939 5,422,025 5,177,806

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