Nov 13, 2019

The Return of the Dominican Republic: Punta Cana Tops Americans' List for International Thanksgiving Travel

Allianz Global Assistance Reveals Top 10 Domestic and International Destinations for Thanksgiving Travel, Dominican Republic Tops List For First Time

 

RICHMOND, VA, NOVEMBER 18, 2019 — According to Allianz Global Assistance’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index, the number of Americans traveling internationally to the Dominican Republic for Thanksgiving has nearly quadrupled in size since last year.  

Allianz Global Assistance reviewed Americans’ travel plans* around Thanksgiving, with outbound travel scheduled between Saturday, November 23 and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Since the survey began in 2015, Cancun dominated as the number one international destination for Thanksgiving travelers. While the Mexican hotspot remains on this year’s international list, the destination has been dethroned by Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which climbed seven positions to the top of the international index.

Americans’ return to the Dominican Republic comes at a critical time for the country’s tourism industry, a vital sector for the local economy. The island nation, which suffered a decline in tourism numbers earlier this year due to swirling suspicion over a string of vacationer deaths, was recently buoyed by Federal Bureau of Investigation toxicology report findings that the deaths were unrelated and resulted from natural causes. The Dominican Republic boasts the largest economy in the Caribbean, drawing visitors from around the world to experience its rich culture and beautiful beaches.

“Our survey shows that Americans are returning to the Dominican Republic, now more than ever, to enjoy the island nation’s exquisite beaches, world-class resorts, hotels and vacation experiences,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “No matter where you’re headed this Thanksgiving, it is incredibly important to purchase trip protection when you book your travel. It will certainly provide peace of mind, especially throughout this busy travel period.”

The other Top 10 international destinations in order of popularity are London, Paris, San Juan, San Jose Del Cabo, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Montego Bay, and Mexico City. For the fifth consecutive year, New York City is the preferred domestic Thanksgiving destination among American travelers. After New York City, the top U.S destinations include Atlanta, Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago and Phoenix. Chicago rejoins the list this year, knocking out Minneapolis as a top 10 destination.

According to Allianz’s survey, the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 27) remains the busiest departure day for domestic destinations, with travelers most commonly taking four-day-long trips. International travelers are getting a head start on their Thanksgiving travel, with the most popular departure date being Saturday, November 23.

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 Thanksgiving plans was gathered by analyzing the number of customers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance, to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports from 11/23/2019 –11/28/2019, returning 11/29/2019 - 12/03/2019. In total, 2.4 million itineraries were analyzed using this methodology.

 

Thanksgiving Travel Data: Where Americans Are Headed

 

Domestic

International

 

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015    

1

New York

New York

New York

New York

New York

Punta Cana

Cancun

Cancun

Cancun

Cancun­­­

2

Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Cancun

London

London

London

London

3

Orlando

Los Angeles

Los
Angeles

Orlando

Orlando

London

Paris

Paris

San Juan

San Juan

4

Los Angeles

Orlando

Orlando

San Francisco

Chicago

Paris

San Juan

Puerto Vallarta

Tokyo

Paris

5

Boston

Boston

Boston

Boston

San Francisco

San Juan

San Jose Del Cabo

Tokyo

Paris

San Jose Del Cabo

6

Dallas

Dallas

Chicago

Atlanta

Atlanta

San Jose Del Cabo

Montego Bay

San Jose Del Cabo

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

7

Seattle

Seattle

San Francisco

Chicago

Boston

Nassau

Nassau

Montego Bay

San Jose Del Cabo

Tokyo

8

Detroit

Detroit

Dallas

Newark

Fort Lauderdale

Puerto Vallarta

Punta Cana

Rome

Hong Kong

Aruba

9

Chicago

Phoenix

Washington, D.C.

Las Vegas

Newark

Montego Bay

Puerto Vallarta

Nassau

Aruba

Bangkok

10

Phoenix

Minneapolis

Seattle

Fort Lauderdale

Las Vegas

Mexico City

Mexico City

Aruba

Sydney

Hong

Kong

 

 

 

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.

 

**Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. Benefits and limits vary by plan. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your specific plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A‐" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101‐C series or 101‐P series, depending on state of residence. AGA Service Company d/b/a Allianz Global Assistance is the licensed producer and administrator of Allianz Travel-branded travel protection plans in the U.S. and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. Allianz Global Assistance, TravelSmart, and AgentSmart are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates.  The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between Allianz Global Assistance and Jefferson Insurance Company. Noninsurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by Allianz Global Assistance. SmartBenefits proactive payments and “no receipts” payments available only on certain plans.  For plans that include proactive payments:  when you opt in and provide flight information, Allianz Global Assistance will monitor flights and send flight status and benefit alerts, including alerts about flight delays that qualify for automated travel delay payments.  Standard message/data rates apply to SMS alerts.  Automated claims and payment system availability is not guaranteed and is subject to our sole discretion.  All claims subject to policy terms, conditions, and exclusions.