Allianz survey: Top 3 international holiday destinations are all in Mexico

While most U.S. travelers will visit domestic destinations this holiday season, Mexico is hot for those going international.

According to Allianz Partners USA’s top holiday destinations survey, the top three international destinations are all in Mexico: Cancun, San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. 

Allianz crafted its list by analyzing nearly 4 million itineraries for roundtrip flights leaving the U.S. from Dec. 18, and returning by Dec. 30. In total, 87% were for domestic trips, and 13% international.

Cancun has been holiday travelers’ top international destination in recent years. This year, San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta both rose up one spot to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while San Juan, Puerto Rico, fell off the top list. 

Rounding out the top 10 list this year were, in order, Montego Bay, Jamaica; Oranjestad, Aruba; London; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; and Paris. 

This year marked the first time in the past three years that European destinations made the list. In 2018, Paris was No. 10. Fun-and-sun destinations have largely been more popular over the holidays. Last year, border closures due to the pandemic were also a factor.

Domestically, New York was the top destination, followed by Seattle, Orlando, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Boston, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Dallas-Fort Worth.

In total, Allianz said, holiday travel will increase 34% compared to last year.

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