Leading luxury travel network, Virtuoso revealed where the affluent will be venturing for the remainder of 2014, including the crucial holiday time and winter months.
Virtuoso shared the top destinations for travel overall as well as those spots that are seeing the fastest growth, while also sharing insight on how and why consumers are making travel decisions at an event at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Virtuoso Chairman and CEO, Matthew D. Upchurch, said that several factors are driving the high demand, most notably the massive rise in tourism with more than one billion people now crossing international borders as tourists, the rise in affluence throughout the world and, of course, the 78 million Baby Boomers who are now traveling.
"There is a race towards trying to get to some of the more pristine places because of the rise in mass tourism and globalization. The opening up of some of the new, non – traditional destinations that we've identified, offer even more incentive for travelers to explore."
Drawing upon its data warehouse of more than $32 billion in client transactions, then Virtuoso shared that international (non - U.S. countries) travel is up 21 percent compared to the same time last year.
Travel to Virtuoso's 10 most popular destinations are:
1. Italy (6%)
2. United Kingdom (30%)
3. France (23%)
4. Canada (9%)
5. Spain (20%)
6. Germany (+ 31%)
7. Mexico (+ 17%)
8. South Africa (- 5%)
9. Netherlands (+ 18%)
10. Greece (57%)