Where Americans want to go abroad and where they have lost interest

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Just as countries begin to lift pandemic travel bans and Americans begin to consider at least booking vacations abroad, the spread of delta and omicron variants of Covid-19 has once again thrown the fortunes of the tourism industry to the winds.

Still, we hope Eternal Springs and American travelers are busy looking for the long-awaited foreign trips they’d like to take as soon as they can. Travel website ParkSleepFly has tracked down where they want to go.

ParkSleepFly researchers analyzed data on Google searches from April to September by Americans on 168 foreign or foreign destinations in terms of flights, vacations, and hotels, in total to determine rankings in categories such as most wanted countries, most wanted cities, regions and countries with an increase in Travel popularity and countries experiencing a decline in interest from Americans.

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The #1 overseas destination Americans look for is Puerto Rico – technically a US territory but still a flight or cruise for those on the mainland. ParkSleepFly tracks approximately 1.69 million island searches. The Maldives is in the top five, with 491,200 searches; Costa Rica: 384,600; Aruba: 379,600; and Mexico at 361,300.

The site also ranked the most interesting cities and regions; The top ten are listed in the box below.

Cities and regions most requested by Google search

Travel website ParkSleepFly has analyzed Google search data for flights, vacations, and hotels by Americans for destinations around the world to determine the most popular vacation spots as we approach 2022. Here’s a look at the top 10 metropolitan and regional locations and the total number of searches in the past six months.

  1. Cancun, Mexico – 638230
  2. Bali, Indonesia – 448100
  3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 446100
  4. Bora Bora, French Polynesia – 408200
  5. Panama City, Panama – 299,210
  6. Paris – 265400
  7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – 252780
  8. San Jose, Dominican Republic – 225,690
  9. Toronto – 224.130
  10. Rio de Janeiro – 202.550

source: ParkSleepFly

ParkSleepFly also looked at countries that are going down or up and are popular with travelers from the United States. Searches for travel to China are down 75% – perhaps not surprising, given the media coverage of the coronavirus, along with the current geopolitical tensions. “Following the emergence of the Covid-19 virus, China imposed a strict border policy and suspended all visas on arrival, so it is not surprising to see a decline in popularity,” the site wrote in its blog.

Italy has the second least interest from Americans, with a 59% drop, which ParkSleepFly has attributed to the country’s many Covid lockdowns this year. In third place, Hong Kong – with some of the strictest border restrictions in the world – saw a drop of 54%.

On the bright side, searches for overseas or foreign destinations like the US Virgin Islands increased significantly, by 98%; Maldives by 72%. and Indonesia with a growth rate of 61%. Foreign or foreign cities and regions with the highest growth in interest include St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, with an increase of 77%; Toronto, 45% increase; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, up 41%.

For more information about the study and its methodology, go to the ParkSleepFly website.

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Andrew Naughtie

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