Latin American cities become prime destinations for U.S. Travelers

 

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Hotels.com® has identified the most popular destinations for travelers in the first half of 2014 with insights from the Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®). By examining the top international destinations for U.S. travelers, and the top U.S. destinations for foreign visitors, the HPI is also able to forecast popular destinations for the rest of the year and beyond.

For U.S. travelers, Latin America is trending on the 50 Most Popular International Cities for Americans list and is likely to continue its heightened popularity through the rest of the year and into 2015. Many Latin American cities are experiencing considerable developments in their hospitality sectors. During the first half of 2014, Mexico City (#16) and Cancun (#20) ascended four spots, while Panama City (#35) and Bogota (#38) each boosted their popularity ranking by four positions. This year also marks the debut of Lima(#44) on the list of 50 Most Popular International Cities for Americans.

With five Mexican cities dominating the Latin American contingent, it is clear that the country’s efforts to rebound from the unfavorable spotlight over the past few years are making considerable traction. This is the first time since 2012 that Puerto Vallarta(#42) has made the list. As the tourist board’s “Live It to Believe It” marketing campaign continues to saturate the airwaves and attract new visitors, Americans may opt to further explore the cultural offerings of other Mexican cities.

 

50 Most Popular International Cities for Americans
City, Province Country H1 2014 vs. H1 2013Rank Change City, Province Country H1 2014 vs. H1 2013Rank Change
1. London United Kingdom 26. Munich Germany
2. Paris France 27. Prague Czech Republic -2
3. Toronto, ON Canada +1 28. Riviera Maya Mexico
4. Rome Italy -1 29. Beijing China -2
5. Vancouver, BC Canada 30. Los Cabos Mexico +1
6. Barcelona Spain 31. Milan Italy +3
7. Tokyo Japan 32. Sydney Australia +4
8. Montreal, QC Canada 33. Carolina Puerto Rico
9. Hong Kong Hong Kong 34. Athens Greece +1
10. Niagara Falls, ON Canada 35. Panama City Panama +4
11. Amsterdam Netherlands 36. Vienna Austria -6
12. Venice Italy +1 37. Buenos Aires Argentina
13. Florence Italy -1 38. Bogota Colombia +4
14. Madrid Spain +1 39. Edinburgh United Kingdom -1
15. San Juan Puerto Rico +1 40. Sao Paulo Brazil +4
16. Mexico City Mexico +4 41. Rio de Janeiro Brazil -1
17. Dublin Ireland 42. Puerto Vallarta Mexico New to List
18. Istanbul Turkey +1 43. Calgary, AB Canada
19. Singapore Singapore +3 44. Lima Peru New to List
20. Cancun Mexico +4 45. Frankfurt Germany
21. Bangkok Thailand -7 46. Punta Cana Dominican Republic New to List
22. Dubai United Arab Emirates -4 47. Taipei Taiwan New to List
23. Seoul South Korea +6 48. Brussels Belgium
24. Berlin Germany -1 49. Quebec, QC Canada +1
25. Shanghai China -4 50. Bali Indonesia New to List
This chart reflects the popularity of international cities based on actual bookings by U.S. travelers during the first half of 2014, as compared to the first half of 2013.

 

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