As winter swings into high gear,many travelers in colder climes are busily searching online for the best winter vacations and many of them are – as usual – choosing Mexico. According to the recently released 2017 Travel Trends Survey by Travel Leaders Group,cruises to Mexico’s Cozumel and the Costa Maya are among the number one warm-weather vacation destinations this winter,followed closely by Cancun.
The survey included responses from 1,689 U.S.-based travel agency owners and managers. Frontline travel agents from the flagship Travel Leaders brand and Travel Leaders Group’s All Aboard Travel,Cruise Specialists,Nexion,Protravel International,Results! Travel,Travel Leaders Corporate,Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com units also contributed to the results.
Coming in at a respectable #4 on this year’s list of the top warm-weather destinations worldwide,Cancun had a big year that included impressive tourism numbers and several big opening have been announced.
“Exciting news out of Cancun is the opening of Hotel Xcaret [actually situated just south of Playa del Carmen in the adjacent Riviera Maya region],slated to open its doors during 2017,” write Travel Agent Central. “The 900-room property will sit on the grounds of the award-winning theme park Xcaret Park.”
Currently under construction,the new Xcaret resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya will be the first of its kind to obtain an EarchCheck certification for its eco-friendly planning and overall design.
Also currently under construction,the Temptation Resort & Spa in Cancun is in the midst of a multi-million-dollar renovation project and is scheduled to reopen in August of next year. The seven-story property will feature designs from Karim Rashid and include 430 newly-renovated rooms and suites,new restaurants,bars and more. Finally,don’t miss the Cirque Eloize ID event at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort through Jan. 3,2017 and coming up March 16-19 the sixth-annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival.
Mexico was the only country to have two destinations named in the #1 spot,which was snagged by the more general category of “Caribbean Cruising.” Both Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico were named as top cruising destinations,along with the Bahamas,Aruba,Barbados and Curacao.
“Travel Leaders has named the Caribbean to be the most popular warm-weather destination for 2017,” wrote Travel Agent Central. “More specifically,the group expects Caribbean cruising to be the most popular method of travel for those visiting the islands come the New Year.”
Other locales that made the 2017 list of top warm-weather destinations include Miami Beach,Florida (#10); Montego Bay,Jamaica (#9); Punta Cana,Dominican Republic (#8); Los Angeles,CA (#7); Honolulu,Hawaii (#6); Las Vegas,Nevada (#5); Maui,Hawaii (#3); and Orlando,Florida (#2).
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