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Nov 12, 2020 Impacting Travel

Mexico and the Caribbean top the list of 2020 vacation tourist destinations

The business intelligence software company Adara recently collected data to produce information on travel trends for this year’s Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve (EOY) holidays, such as the Christmas and New Years period.

Their research showed that Mexico and Caribbean destinations are proving to be the big winners this holiday season, leading demand from both hotels and airlines, as many travelers choose to forgo their traditional Christmas gatherings in favor of getaways. warm weather.


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Mexico emerged as the top international flight destination for the November and December 2020 holidays, albeit with lower consumer volumes than last year (23 percent less on Thanksgiving and 28 percent during the holidays by EOY). However, hotel reservations in Mexico actually increased 11 percent during the Thanksgiving period, compared to 2019. The Central American destination also leads in terms of hotel reservations made in international destinations for the 2020 EOY vacation. .

While last year, Americans were flying mainly to destinations in Europe and Asia during the fall holidays, the best places (besides Mexico) for hotel reservations this Thanksgiving period are Caribbean places like Puerto Rico, Aruba, the Virgin Islands and Costa Rica. Hotel bookings for EOY vacations follow the same trend, with Jamaica and the Bahamas also making the top ten list.

Airline bookings during the Thanksgiving period this year have shifted along the same lines, with transatlantic and trans-Pacific destinations dropping from the top ten list compared to last year. Instead, American travelers fly to Central American and Caribbean destinations like Mexico (ranked number one), the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Colombia, Aruba, Haiti, Jamaica, and Costa Rica.

The list of the top ten airline reservations for EOY vacations is also headed by Mexico, followed by the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Colombia, Jamaica, Haiti, Costa Rica and Brazil; While, during the same period last year, some of the top destinations for Americans included the UK, Japan, India, Spain and Germany.

Nationwide, in both flight and hotel bookings, people are largely heading to Las Vegas (inexplicably, as recommendations for the pandemic era include avoiding congested areas) and Denver. Both outperformed New York, which is traditionally a great vacation destination, where airline and hotel bookings have so far dropped by nearly 85 percent over Thanksgiving and nearly 87 percent during Thanksgiving holidays. EOY.

Ten other top national destinations during the Thanksgiving and EOY holidays include Honolulu, Hawaii, and Florida hotspots like Orlando, Miami, and Tampa. Major cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Boston also made the top ten.