Americans Traveling More Internationally, Including Vietnam
Americans are traveling internationally more than ever, the U.S. Commerce Department says.
In 2015, Americans took 74 million trips abroad. That is a nine percent increase from 2014. It is also the highest number ever.
The information was released in a recent Commerce Department report.
The department said the countries that U.S. residents visited most often last year were Mexico and Canada – America's neighbors.
The third-most popular destination was the United Kingdom. The Dominican Republic and France were the fourth- and fifth-most popular places to visit.
France, Spain, and Mexico had the biggest increases in American visitors in 2015, the Commerce Department report says.
Vietnam is also growing in popularity among American travelers. More than 330,000 Americans visited Vietnam in 2015. That is a 33 percent increase from 2014.
Vietnam is especially popular among travelers between 18 and 35, or millennials, says Kim Sykes. She is with Carefree Vacations. She recently spoke with VOA Learning English.
"Vietnam is a popular destination among millennials because it is off-the-beaten- path travel that offers an authentic experience and also provides a lot of bang for the buck," she said.
By "bang for your buck," she means a good value.
Sykes also said river cruise lines recently started operations in Vietnam and Cambodia. They are popular among older travelers, she said.
The International Air Transport Association said travel has been increasing in recent months, after a decrease following terrorist attacks earlier this year in Belgium, Turkey and France.
International air traffic was 7 percent higher in September 2016 compared to September 2015. That is the largest year-on-year increase in seven months, the association reported.
"Importantly, this rebound from August weakness suggests that travel demand is showing its resilience in the aftermath of terror attacks," said Alexandre de Juniac, the association's top official.
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2.off-the-beaten- path 不落俗套
Let's try to find some place that's off the beaten path.
3.bang for the buck 划算的
I made a huge profit on my company, and my friend also got a bang for the buck.
4.good value 物有所值
The merchandise is reasonably priced and offers exceptionally good value.
1.The International Air Transport Association said travel has been increasing in recent months, after a decrease following terrorist attacks earlier this year in Belgium, Turkey and France.
terrorist attacks 恐怖袭击
I think some people in this place have a connection with the terrorist attacks.
He masterminded a number of brutal terrorist attacks.
2.International air traffic was 7 percent higher in September 2016 compared to September 2015.
air traffic 航空运输
French air traffic controllers have begun a three-day strike in a dispute over pay
They have to wait for clearance from air traffic control.
2015年，美国人境外游次数高达7400万 。比2014年增长9个百分点 。同时创下了史上最高记录 。
排在第三位的国家是英国 。多米尼加共和国和法国位列第四和第五 。
越南也日益受到美国游客的青睐 。2015年，超33万美国游客选择到越南旅行 。该数据比2014年增长了33％ 。
金·赛克斯（Kim Sykes）表示，越南在18到35岁或千禧一代的游客中颇有人气 。她正享受一个无忧无虑的假期 。近期，她接受了美国之音学习英语的采访 。
赛克斯还表示，越南和柬埔寨的邮轮航线近期开始运营 。她说，年长游客喜欢这种旅游方式 。
2016年9月的国际航空运输比去年同期上涨了7％ 。该协会表示，这是7个月以来同比增长最高的一次 。
该协会的高级官员德朱·尼亚克（Alexandre de Juniac）表示，“从8月的萎靡状态到现在的回暖，暗示着继恐怖袭击事件后，旅游需求所展现出的巨大弹性 。”