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Published on : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Based on bookings by members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Cancun is the most popular international destination for the 2014-2015 winter season.Cancun was chosen by 24 percent of respondents to ASTA’s 2014 Hot Spots for Winter Survey, up from only 5 percent in the summer version of the survey. Rounding out the top 10 destinations for winter are Rome (16%), London (11%), Paris (9%), Sydney (3%), Barcelona (3%), Montego Bay (3%), Riviera Maya (3%), Punta Cana (2%) and Cape Town (1%).
“Cancun came out as the clear winter vacation destination desired by our member’s clients for obvious reason,” said Zane Kerby, ASTA President and CEO. “Cancun is easily accessible from the U.S., has a plethora of all-inclusive resorts, a warm climate and beautiful beaches.”The top 10 international destination cities in the winter survey are the same as the summer top 10 with the exception of Sydney and Cape Town replacing Amsterdam and Madrid. Sydney and Cape Town, as Southern Hemisphere cities, are deemed best visited during the Northern Hemisphere winter.
When asked about the top country/region destinations, Mexico, led by Cancun, topped with a 24 percent share. Rounding out the top five country/region destinations for winter travel are Italy (18%), the Caribbean (12%), France (7%) and United Kingdom (6%). Travelers who would like to experience these hot spots can find a helpful travel agent on the‘Find a Travel Agent’ directory on TravelSense.org, where tourists can search for a travel agent who specializes in the destinations that they dream of visiting. Survey data was collected through the 2014 ASTA Research Family from July through August 2014. This survey has a 95 percent rate confidence with an error rate +/-5 percent.