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Upscale Travelers Will Zigzag The Globe From Uruguay To Malta To Rwanda This Fall And Holiday Season

Virtuoso® Shares the Most Popular & Fastest-Growing Destinations on the Horizon

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Upscale Americans are seeking adventures in less-visited destinations from Latin America to the Middle East to off-the-beaten-path Europe this fall and holiday season, according to new data from global luxury travel network Virtuoso®. Known as a respected trend forecaster, Virtuoso reviewed figures from its warehouse of more than $49.5 billion in transactions to compile the most in-demand locales for the coming fall and holiday season.

The results were revealed at luxury travel's largest and most acclaimed event, the 31st annual Virtuoso Travel Week. Running from August 10-16 at Las Vegas' Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa, the event is recognized as the Fashion Week of travel, where the latest news and trends affecting the industry are unveiled.

The Virtuoso Top 10:
The most popular fall and holiday destinations for Americans according to future bookings.

1.

United States

6.

Israel

2.

Italy

7.

Australia

3.

United Kingdom

8.

Germany

4.

France

9.

Japan

5.

South Africa

10.

Spain

 

The Top 10 Analysis: With such a diversity of destinations and experiences at home, Americans increasingly choose to travel domestically for the holidays. Europe's appeal as a summer destination extends into fall, with five countries on the list. Italy, France and Germany repeat from last year; the latter is especially popular with river cruisers for its celebrated Christmas markets. Japan, the "it" country that topped the list of emerging destination in the 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report, appeals to travelers from adventurers to culinary enthusiasts. Two other fall and holiday favorites, South Africa and Israel, repeat from last year's list, beckoning families seeking trips of a lifetime at the festive season. 

The Virtuoso Hot 10:
The countries that have experienced the largest increases by percentage in year-over-year bookings among U.S. travelers.

1.

 Uruguay (+286%)                           

6.

Puerto Rico (+120%)                     

2.

 Maldives (+171%)                            

7.

Rwanda (+114%)

3.

 Malta (+140%)                                  

8.

Qatar (+101%)

4.

 Romania (+135%)                             

9.

South Korea (+98%)

5.

 Egypt (+122%)                                   

10.

Norway (+96%)

 

The Hot 10 Analysis: The Virtuoso Luxe Report determined the prevailing travel motivator for 2019 is exploring new destinations, and U.S. travelers are seeking fresh adventures amidst the fairytale castles of Romania, historic sites of Malta and fjords of Norway. Uruguay's award-winning wineries, pleasant climate, and adventure opportunities make it a sought-after destination for the season. The Middle East remains popular, with Egypt and Qatar enticing visitors with less-explored cuisines, bustling markets, and desert excursions, while Puerto Rico and the Maldives provide beach retreats for relaxation-focused travelers.

Data is drawn from Virtuoso's U.S. agency members and reflects travel bookings for September through December 2019.

About Virtuoso
Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 20,000 elite travel advisors in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with over 1,800 of the world's best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $26.4 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.

Media Contacts:                                                


Misty Belles                                                          

Lauren Wintemberg

Managing Director, Global Public Relations          

Account Manager

Virtuoso                                                                  

Alice Marshall Public Relations

Phone: +1.202.553.8817                                         

Phone: +1.212.861.4031

Email: mewing@virtuoso.com                                  

Email: lauren@alicemarshall.com

 

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