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A total 6.8 million U.S. citizens traveled abroad in August 2014, up six percent over August 2013, according to monthly statistics released this week by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.

This brings U.S. citizen international travel to 47 million in the first eight months of the year.

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.

Throughout August, travel to overseas locations accounted for 46 percent of U.S. outbound international travel while a slightly higher percentage, 54 percent, went no farther than Canada or Mexico.

Europe and the Caribbean remain the most popular destinations throughout the summer month capturing a total 29 percent of all travel.

The greatest growth among overseas markets year-over-year was seen in the Caribbean, up 11 percent to 629,000 travelers, and the Middle East, up 7 percent to 146,000 travelers.

U.S. travel to border nations of Mexico and Canada increased 13 percent compared to August 2013 with the most growth seen in Mexico. American visits to Mexico increased 15 percent to 2.1 million travelers, but only increased one percent to 1.9 million people in Canada.

U.S. Citizen Travel to International Regions

RegionJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustTotal YTD% Change YTDYTD Market Share
South America127749137814154,680123,068144,464208,023167,627143,6091,206,8322.80%2.60%
Central America219192225540283,108213,929209,012301,095308,557206,1761,966,6099.80%4.20%
Middle East140179119192140,706141,744162,244180,874148,098145,6201,178,6579.70%2.50%
Total Overseas201528319260882,575,7112,427,6092,907,4423,557,0383,347,3142,726,91921,483,6046.50%45.70%
North America243919924428512,846,3142,750,1973,031,0663,693,2594,227,2654,089,92825,520,07812.50%54.30%
Monthly Change (%)7.60%9.30%6.70%16.70%14.50%10.40%10.50%6.30%
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