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Mexico Remains Top Foreign Destination for US Travelers

Mexico Remains Top Foreign Destination for US Travelers

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL November 30, 2016 — For the fifth year in a row, Mexico is the top international destination for American travelers, according to sales data from leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth.

“Mexico has consistently been the most popular international destination among our customers,” said Squaremouth spokesperson Rachael Taft. “Despite Zika concerns earlier this year, we’ve seen a 19% increase in travel insurance sales for U.S. residents traveling to Mexico.”

Mexico Rebounds After Slow Growth in 2015

After experiencing single-digit growth last year, Mexico’s year-over-year growth rate tripled in 2016.

Of the top 10 destinations, Mexico’s growth was in the middle of the pack, with Canada experiencing the highest growth and France the slowest growth.

Table 1: Squaremouth Customers Traveling to Mexico

Growth in Number of Travelers Average Trip Cost
2016 19% $2,275
2015 6.3% $2,239
2014 42% $2,262
2013 17% $2,037

Medical Coverage a Top Priority for Travelers

Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation coverage are top priorities for U.S. residents taking trips to Mexico, based on usage of Squaremouth’s search filters.

  • 10% of Squaremouth customers traveling to Mexico searched specifically for a policy with primary medical coverage, and 9% searched for Pre-Existing Condition coverage
  • The “Cruise” search filter, which only shows policies with Squaremouth’s recommended amounts of Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation coverage for a cruise, was the next most-used filter
  • Travelers to Mexico showed less demand for terrorism coverage, with only 3.5% of customers using the “Terrorism” filter when buying a policy

Mexico a Favorite for Winter Travel

Winter is the most popular season for travel to Mexico, while fall is the most affordable season.

Table 2: Seasonal Travel to Mexico

Total Spent in Season Average Trip Cost Share of Annual Travel to Canada
Fall 2015 $3,953,737 $2,297 36%
Winter 2015 $2,253,694 $2,216 22%
Spring 2016 $2,084,533 $2,283 23%
Summer 2016 $1,845,180 $1,995 19%

Methodology: Data is based on American customers insured on travel insurance policies purchased through Squaremouth prior to 11/21/16. Annual numbers are based on sales between 11/21 of the previous year and 11/21 of that year. Statistics reflect year-over-year changes unless otherwise noted. Travelers who are visiting multiple countries only have to enter one destination when purchasing a policy on This report represents travelers that selected Mexico.

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