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Expedia Names Cancun Top 2015 Destination Amid Tourism Boom

26 January, 2015

Late last week Expedia released the results of its 2015 travel trend analysis,which reveals where and how the majority of Americans plan to travel over the course of the coming year. The results showed Cancun,Mexico,as the undisputed winner among international destinations,followed by Las Vegas and New York domestically.

“The resort town of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula has topped several popular cities lists,” writes the Los Angeles Times. “Last year,it beat out London and Paris as a top destination for U.S. travelers in an analysis by Fly.com."

To come up with the results,Expedia analysts looked at travel patterns and departures from nine of the largest air markets in the United States to determine the most popular destinations,including Atlanta,Chicago,Las Vegas,Los Angeles,Miami,New York,Orlando,San Francisco and Seattle. The data revealed that Cancun,followed by Las Vegas and New York,are already proving to be the hottest destinations in 2015.

“Of the nine airports analyzed,Cancun was the top destination from three of them,and was in the top 10 from all of them,” writes MarketWatch. “Americans are growing much more sophisticated when it comes to planning and booking travel.”

Last fall,Cancun was also named the hottest winter travel destination for the 2014-2015 season by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA),and last summer USA Today reported that Cancun and the nearby Riviera Maya were topping travel trends and had emerged as the world’s most-requested destinations,according to Tripology. 

In addition,the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau just released its 2014 visitor numbers and the results show a record year in 2014,with more than 4.8 million visitors – compared to 4.6 million in 2013. The increase in visitors upped hotel occupancy rates in Cancun,and the nearby Puerto Morelos Hotel Association reported all-inclusive occupancies of 89.9 percent last year,compared to 87.4 percent in 2013.

“If 2015 is any indication,we are confident that 2015 will be another record-breaking year for Cancun,” said Jesus Almaguer,CEO of the Cancun CVB. “With the rise in interest from airlines from North America and the opening of new hotels and services,as well as the range of international activities and events in 2015,I think it’s safe to predict another great year for Cancun.”

In fact,Cancun and the adjacent Riviera Maya (which lies just to the south along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast) have added a slew of new properties recently,including Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort,Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa,Emporio Family Suites Cancun and the Royalton Riviera Cancun. Also of note,a number of other properties in the area have undergone significant renovations lately,including Club Med Cancun,Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort and the Hotel Villa Rolandi,which was rebranded as the Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres.

Finally,increased air service and a $14 million dollar investment this year by the Mexican Federal Government to improve and upkeep five of the area’s most popular beaches promise to continue boosting tourism numbers into this year. Specifically,Southwest,Alaska and Frontier Airlines are now offering U.S. travelers new connections from Atlanta,Baltimore/Washington,Seattle and Philadelphia. The beaches that will benefit from this year’s investment are in northern Cancun,Isla Mujeres and Holbox,including Playa Delfines in Cancun,which is the city’s most popular beach and a recent hotspot for travelers posting selfies. 

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