Dec 12, 2019

Holiday Travel On The Rise: More Americans Bite On The Big Apple And Mexico Takes The (Fruit) Cake

Allianz Global Assistance Reveals Top 10 Domestic and International Destinations for Holiday Travel

 

RICHMOND, VA, DECEMBER 12, 2019 — 

Americans are traveling for the holidays more than ever, according to Allianz Global Assistance's Top 10 Holiday Destinations survey. After analyzing 3.3 million flight itineraries*, the travel insurance and assistance company discovered a 24 percent increase over last year, and a 42 percent increase from 2017.

After reviewing plans for travel from December 19 to December 27, 2019, Allianz Global Assistance revealed that holiday favorites New York City and Cancun continue to reign as the top domestic and international destinations. Almost half of the top 10 international destinations are in Mexico, proving once again that American travelers prefer beaches and breezes over ice and snow for their holiday getaways.

The Top 10 Holiday Destinations list featured two newcomers this year: Las Vegas, Nevada appears at #8 in the domestic rankings and Toronto, Canada debuts at #10 for international. Aruba, which has appeared the last two years at #10 for international destinations, jumps three places to #7 while Nassau, Bahama rose to #2 from fourth place last year, the first year it appeared in the Top 10 International Holiday Destinations list. 

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (#9) reappears on Allianz’s Top 10 International Holiday Destinations list for the first time since 2016, with a 28 percent increase in American travelers from last year. Consistent with Allianz Global Assistance’s 2019 Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index, which revealed the Dominican Republic as the top international destination among American travelers, the findings come at a critical time for the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry which saw a significant decline earlier this year.

“The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year but harsh weather, illness and delays can make traveling a stressful experience especially, as our survey unwrapped, when 24 percent more Americans are flying,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Whether you’re jumping in a sleigh ride or soaking up the sun, give yourself the gift of peace of mind and buy trip protection when you book your travel.”

The official Top 10 international destinations in order of popularity are Cancun, Nassau, San Jose Del Cabo, London, Montego Bay, Mexico City, Aruba, Puerto Vallarta, Santo Domingo, and Toronto.

For the fourth consecutive year, New York City is the number one domestic destination, followed by Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Minneapolis. Las Vegas appeared on the top 10 domestic list for the first time this year, with travel to the destination increasing 44 percent, knocking San Francisco out of the ranking.

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.

 

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*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2019 holiday travel plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers who went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz   Global   Assistance   travel   to   generate   itineraries   for   flights   departing   from  US  airports during 12/19/2019 -12/26/2019 and returning 12/20/2019-12/27/2019, compared to the total ticket counts of travelers in 2017 and 2018 departing from the same U.S. airports during the peak holiday travel season. In total, 3.3 million itineraries were analyzed using this methodology.

 

Holiday Travel Data: Where Americans Are Headed

Domestic Destination

(YOY Increase)

2019 Rank

2018 Rank

2017 Rank

International Destination (YOY Increase)

2019 Rank

2018 Rank

2017 Rank

New York (22%)

1

1

1

Cancun, Mexico

(18%)

1

1

1

Orlando (32%)

2

3

2

Nassau, Bahamas (35%)

2

4

4

Los Angeles (25%)

3

2

3

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico (13%)

3

3

3

Boston (29%)

4

4

10

London, United Kingdom (12%)

4

5

7

Atlanta (28%)

5

6

4

Montego Bay, Jamaica (9%)

5

5

5

Seattle (14%)

6

5

6

Mexico City, Mexico (33%)

6

8

8

Fort Lauderdale (18%)

7

7

5

Aruba, Aruba (35%)

7

10

10

Las Vegas (44%)

8

16

15

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (11%)

8

7

4

Salt Lake City (31%)

9

10

8

Santo Domingo,

Dominican Republic (28%)

9

11

11

Minneapolis (28%)

10

9

8

Toronto, Canada

(34%)

10

14

15

 

About Allianz Global Assistance

Allianz Global Assistance is a leading consumer specialty insurance** and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.

 

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