The beautiful beach at Labadee in Haiti. (Photo: Thinkstock)
There are some destinations in the world that are so perfect and so lovely that we hear about travelers booking a vacation there time and time again. As travel editors we are personally often meandering off the beaten path. We love it when other folks take our lead.
We’ve long known that Americans are an adventurous lot, eager to explore new and exciting destinations. But according to a new global insights report from Sojern, the world’s leading performance marketing platform for travel brands, countries like Haiti, Iceland, and Cuba are starting to capture the attention of Americans.
Haiti is captivating the American traveler audience. (Photo: Sojourn)
“In North America, Haiti moved up 34 ranks since summer 2014, after experiencing a dramatic decline in tourism in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, followed by Iceland, up 11 spots,” the report explained. “Cuba now ranks higher than Antigua and Barbuda, Curaçao, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the British Virgin Islands.”
The study also found that despite recurring financial troubles, Greece remains a hot spot for European tourists. The country received an immediate dip in interest, but Sojern claims it has already seen a rebound.
Greek temple Poseidon, Cape Sounion in Greece. (Photo: Thinkstock)
“Greece remained in the top 10 most popular destinations globally and in the top 10 most popular destinations for Europeans, although it dropped in the latter by four places in the last quarter,” according to the report. “Following the announcement of the referendum, travel intent numbers to Greece had gone down by around 23 percent globally, but, as of July 8, Sojern was already seeing indications of a rebound in traveler interest.”
Which places are you most interested in traveling to this year?
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