The Bahamas landed at number four on the Allianz Global Assistance’s 2018 Top Holiday Destinations Report as one of the top most favored destinations for Americans this holiday season.
Allianz Global Assistance, a global leader in travel insurance, explained in a release that American travel increased by 15 percent this holiday season compared to last year. Allianz reviewed Americans’ plans to travel from December 19 to December 27, 2018.
Its study found that Cancun, Mexico tops the list as the most popular warm-weather international destination, followed by San Juan, Puerto Rico; San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and then Nassau, The Bahamas. Jamaica fell just below Nassau. New York topped the domestic destination list.
According to Allianz, this year is the first time Mexico City and Nassau, Bahamas were included in its Top Holiday Destinations Report for international travel. Mexico City ranked eighth on the list.
“Our holiday travel survey revealed that travel is up 15 percent over last year,” Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA, said in the release.
“Mexico City, named 2018’s World Design Capital by World Design Organization (WDO), is a first-timer to the list, while Puerto Rico jumped up to the second most popular international destination.”
According to the release, the rankings were calculated using the data of U.S. travelers’ 2018 holiday travel plans, which was “gathered by analyzing the number of travelers who went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel”.
The Bahamas has had a record year for stopover visitors. Credit has been afforded to additional room inventory offered by the full opening of Baha Mar, and increased airlift into New Providence.