Travel insurance aggregator Squaremouth has found that The Bahamas is in the top five destinations of places outside of the United States that Americans are preparing to travel to in 2021.
According to a press statement released by Squaremouth, its data, which is based on all travel insurance policies purchased through its systems between March 12 to August 15, 2020 for travel in 2021, shows that 65 percent of those booked trips are to international destinations.
It added that 86 percent of those booked trips are planned for January and February.
Squaremouth’s list reveals that Mexico is the top chosen destination for Americans, followed by The Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Aruba and Jamaica.
“A pent-up desire to travel abroad has led the majority of Americans to plan international trips for the beginning of 2021,” said Squaremouth.
“Travel restrictions play a role in international destination selection. Most international trips are booked to destinations that are already accessible to Americans.
“Mexico is the most popular international destination in the new year, replacing the US as the top destination for the first time since COVID-19 began.
“Caribbean countries make up the remaining top five international destinations.”
It is hoped that cruise travel would return to The Bahamas in the final quarter of 2020. Most cruise companies have now pegged November as their restart month.
Both the Atlantis and Baha Mar mega resorts plan to reopen by October.
Tourism pundits and economics agencies have suggested that the return of travel will restart in earnest by the end of 2021, but contend that it would not likely be until 2023 that travel returns to pre-2020 levels.