Allianz: International Spring Break Travel on the Rise

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The number of Americans packing their bags for stateside Spring Break trips increased 24 percent over the past year, while there is an 18 percent increase in international getaways, according to Allianz Global Assistance’s Top 10 Spring Break Destinations survey.

The travel insurance and assistance company analyzed more than 2.7 million flight itineraries for trips between five and eight days in length and found that while the number of trips is increasing, travelers are still visiting the same destinations. For the fourth year in a row, Orlando and Cancun are the most popular destinations among Americans for domestic and international travel, respectively. 

International travel is on the rise and Americans are showing no signs of slowing down: Mexico will see an influx of American visitors as the Spring Break hot spot dominates with Cancun (13.4 percent), San Jose Del Cabo (9.1 percent) and Puerto Vallarta (6.3 percent) taking the top three spots on the list. Other Top 10 International Destinations include Nassau, Bahamas (5.8 percent), Montego Bay, Jamaica (5.1 percent), Aruba (4.8 percent), Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (3.9 percent), London, United Kingdom (3.8 percent, reappearing on the Top 10 list for first time since 2018), Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (3.3 percent) and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (2.6 percent).

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London is the only non-Caribbean destination in the Top 10 International Destinations list, which saw some movement in rankings from last year: The Bahamas, still recovering from Hurricane Dorian, slips a spot; Jamaica, which will enjoy silver screen airtime as a backdrop in April’s “No Time to Die” James Bond 007 blockbuster, rose three spots; and the Dominican Republic, which dropped three spots for Spring Break perhaps as a result of last year’s tourist deaths.

The full results are as follows:

2020 Rank

Domestic City

Rank Change from 2019

International City

Rank Change from 2019

Orlando, Florida

0

Cancun, Mexico

0

Phoenix, Arizona

0

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

0

Las Vegas, Nevada

0

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

+1

Los Angeles, California

+1

Nassau, Bahamas

-1

New York, New York

-1

Montego Bay, Jamaica

+3

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

0

Aruba, Aruba

0

Fort Myers, Florida

0

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

+2

Miami, Florida

0

London, United Kingdom

N/A

Salt Lake City, Utah

0

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

+1

10 

Tampa, Florida

0

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

-3

As for stateside vacations, travelers are jetting off to Orlando (7.8 percent), perhaps thanks in part to new immersive experiences like Walt Disney World Resort’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening. Following in popularity for domestic Spring Break travel are: Phoenix (5.3 percent), Las Vegas (4.3 percent), Los Angeles (3.9 percent), New York (3.7 percent), Fort Lauderdale (3.7 percent), Fort Myers (3.6 percent), Miami (3.1 percent), Salt Lake City (2.8 percent) and Tampa (2.7 percent).

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