The L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal reported last week that Fly.com’s most recent data shows without a doubt that Cancun,Mexico,has surpassed London,Paris,Rome and Dublin as the #1 international destination for U.S. travelers in 2014. This follows the recent Orbitz Travel Summer Travel Forecast,which was released in late April and also shows Cancun as the clear winner,naming this Caribbean hotspot the top destination for American travelers this year.
“Four other Mexican cities – San Jose del Cabo (No. 7),Puerto Vallarta (No. 10),Guadalajara (No. 33) and Mexico City (No. 35) – showed up on the company’s Top 50 International Summer Destinations for 2014,” writes the L.A. Times. “Lower airfares to Mexico may be wooing U.S. vacationers who don’t want to spend 6% more than last year for flights to Europe this summer.”
By comparison,the cost of round-trip airfare to each of the destinations in Mexico that made it onto Fly.com’s latest list has dropped by an average of eight percent compared to last year’s prices. The list of this year’s most popular destinations was compiled by analyzing Internet data from more than five million searches that were conducted for international destinations between June 1 and Aug. 31,2013 and from Jan. 1 to March 19 of this year.
“Purchase price and appeal of shorter flights are making travelers think twice about Mexico,” stated Warren Chang,vice president and general manager of Fly.com,in a statement. “Moving forward,we expect this trend to continue,especially in light of recent service expansions into Mexico and the Caribbean from carriers such as Alaska Airlines,Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.”
Although not a booking site,Fly.com is used to search and compare airfare prices to and from the world’s most popular locales. According to the organization’s most recent data,airfare searches to Cancun and other destinations in Central America and the Mexican Caribbean have once again made up the vast majority among website visitors in recent months.
Situated along Mexico’s only Caribbean coast at the gateway to the famed Riviera Maya region of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo on the nation’s scenic Yucatan Peninsula,Cancun offers visitors so much more than just a great place to party,and the area is positively brimming with unique cultural attractions and breathtaking natural wonders. This includes snorkeling or diving along the world’s second largest barrier reef,which lies just offshore,as well as visiting ancient archaeological sites,such as the Mayan seaside pyramid in the nearby town of Tulum,which lies just south past Playa del Carmen along the Caribbean coast and also happens to offer amazing real estate bargains for expats and investors.
“Cancun is probably best known for its 14 miles of immaculate beaches,” writes Travel Pulse in a recent report. “The destination,however,features a rich Mayan history and plenty of activities both in and out of the water.”
Under modern development since around 1967,the region where Cancun is located boasts a rich and storied history that dates back beyond what we would think of as ancient times. Today,it is one of the safest and most-visited cities in the world. In fact,Cancun celebrated its 44th “birthday” this year in April,which recognized the region’s great importance regarding continued economic growth and infrastructure in the surrounding region and all of Mexico.
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