Americans shun Middle East as travel destination

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By Ray Hanania

Clockwise from the top: skyline with Burj Khalifa; Burj Al Arab; satellite image showing Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands; Dubai Marina; and Sheikh Zayed road.

Clockwise from the top: skyline with Burj Khalifa; Burj Al Arab; satellite image showing Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands; Dubai Marina; and Sheikh Zayed road.

While the Middle East and issues related to Arab countries dominate the attention of Americans through news media and national security, most Americans are avoiding travel to Middle East countries.

A recent study by Hotels.com shows that of the top 50 destinations where Americans are traveling, only one Arab Middle East destination, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and only one other Muslim destination, Istanbul, Turkey, have made the list.

Dubai and Turkey ranked 19 and 20 respectively on the list of the top 50 destinations.

The number one destination for Americans is London, followed by Paris (number 2), Toronto (number 3), Rome (number 4), and Vancouver (number 5).

Canada includes six of the top 50 destinations while Mexico and Italy include four locations each. Germany has three locations while many other countries have only one or two.

Frankfurt, Germany, which like Paris, is a connection city for Americans who travel to the Middle East, ranked 50th on the new survey list.

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Despite the heavy propaganda from Israel’s high-budget tourism industry, Israel did not make the list either suggesting that when American think of security concerns, Israel is up there along with the Arab countries. Americans are not heading to their occupied beaches.

In contrast, Las Vegas remains the number 1 destination for international travelers who come to the United States. And, Las Vegas is also the number one destination for American travelers, too.

Here is the press release from Hotel.com with charts showing where Americans travel in the US and in foreign countries:

Where Did Americans Travel Most in 2014?

Hotel Price Index Reveals Denver and Charlotte are gaining popularity domestically, while Mexico surges internationally

DALLAS, Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — To help travelers identify the most popular and trending cities this year – both domestically and internationally – Hotels.com® has released data from its Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) that highlights the most popular destinations of 2014.

Top Domestic Destinations for Americans

California, Texas and Florida were home to nearly half of the 25 Most Popular Domestic Cities for American travelers in 2014, but it was Denver and Charlotte, N.C. that saw the most growth in popularity among top destinations. Denver overtook Miami as the 14th most popular U.S. city, while Charlotte surpassed Tampa, Fla. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. to jump into the 24th spot. Outside the Top 25 cities, Detroit (+2 spots to #27), Phoenix (+3 spots to #28), Kansas City, Mo. (+3 spots to #31) and Salt Lake City (+5 spots to #35) also saw significant jumps in popularity.

50 Most Popular Domestic Cities for Americans

City

FY 2014 vs
FY 2013
Change

City

FY 2014 vs
FY 2013
Change

City

FY 2014 vs
FY 2013
Change

1. Las Vegas, Nev.

No Change

18. Seattle, Wash.

No Change

35. Salt Lake City, Utah

5

2. New York, N.Y.

No Change

19. Anaheim, Calif.

No Change

36. Raleigh, N.C.

No Change

3. Orlando, Fla.

No Change

20. Dallas, Texas

No Change

37. St. Louis, Mo.

-4

4. Los Angeles, Calif.

No Change

21. Nashville, Tenn.

No Change

38. Jacksonville, Fla.

1

5. San Diego, Calif.

No Change

22. Portland, Ore.

No Change

39. Newark, N.J.

-1

6. Chicago, Ill.

No Change

23. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

No Change

40. Honolulu, Hawaii

-3

7. San Francisco, Calif.

No Change

24. Charlotte, N.C.

2

41. Savannah, Ga.

3

8. Washington, D.C.

No Change

25. Tampa, Fla.

No Change

42. Albuquerque, N.M.

5

9. Houston, Texas

No Change

26. Atlantic City, N.J.

1

43. Columbus, Ohio

-2

10. San Antonio, Texas

No Change

27. Detroit, Mich.

2

44. Charleston, S.C.

2

11. Atlanta, Ga.

No Change

28. Phoenix, Ariz.

3

45. Arlington, Va.

-2

12. Boston, Mass.

No Change

29. Reno, Nev.

-1

46. Scottsdale, Ariz.

-4

13. New Orleans, La.

No Change

30. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

-6

47. Oklahoma City, Okla.

1

14. Denver, Colo.

1

31. Kansas City, Mo.

3

48. Pittsburgh, Pa.

New to List

15. Miami, Fla.

-1

32. Indianapolis, Ind.

No Change

49. Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

No Change

16. Austin, Texas

No Change

33. Baltimore, Md.

-3

50. Memphis, Tenn.

New to List

17. Philadelphia, Pa.

No Change

34. Sacramento, Calif.

1

Top International Destinations for Americans

Mexico continued to surge in popularity with American travelers in 2014. Cancun/Riviera Maya moved up four spots to become the sixth most popular international destination for Americans, surpassing Montreal, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Barcelona. Other Mexican cities to make significant jumps in 2014 were Mexico City (+3 spots to #15) and Vallarta (+7 spots to #38), which saw the most growth of any top international destination.

While London remained the most popular international destination for Americans, Edinburgh – just a few hours north – experienced one of the biggest growth spurts, moving up six places to 44th. Singapore (+4 spots to #17) and Sydney (+5 spots to #27) also saw major increases in demand.

50 Most Popular International Cities for Americans

City

Country

FY 2014 vs
FY 2013
Change

City [Province]

Country

FY 2014 vs
FY 2013
Change

1. London

United Kingdom

No Change

26. Munich

Germany

-1

2. Paris

France

No Change

27. Sydney

Australia

+5

3. Toronto

Canada

No Change

28. Prague

Czech Republic

-1

4. Rome

Italy

No Change

29. Copenhagen

Denmark

+7

5. Vancouver

Canada

No Change

30. Beijing

China

-2

6. Cancun/Riviera Maya

Mexico

+4

31. Panama City

Panama

+3

7. Montreal

Canada

+1

32. Milan

Italy

+3

8. Hong Kong

Hong Kong

-1

33. Buenos Aires

Argentina

No Change

9. Tokyo

Japan

-3

34. Carolina

Puerto Rico

-3

10. Barcelona

Spain

-1

35. Vienna

Austria

-5

11. Niagara Falls

Canada

No Change

36. Los Cabos

Mexico

-7

12. Bangkok

Thailand

No Change

37. Bogota

Colombia

No Change

13. Amsterdam

Netherlands

No Change

38. Vallarta

Mexico

+7

14. San Juan

Puerto Rico

No Change

39. Athens

Greece

No Change

15. Mexico City

Mexico

+3

40. Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

+2

16. Madrid

Spain

No Change

41. Edinburgh

United Kingdom

+6

17. Singapore

Singapore

+4

42. Calgary

Canada

+1

18. Florence

Italy

-1

43. Sao Paulo

Brazil

-3

19. Dubai

United Arab Emirates

-4

44. Stockholm

Sweden

New to List

20. Istanbul

Turkey

+2

45. Bali

Indonesia

New to List

21. Venice

Italy

-2

46. Taipei

Taiwan

-2

22. Dublin

Ireland

-2

47. Quebec

Canada

+2

23. Seoul

South Korea

+3

48. Rio De Janeiro

Brazil

-10

24. Berlin

Germany

No Change

49. Lima

Peru

New to List

25. Shanghai

China

-2

50. Frankfurt

Germany

-9

Top U.S. Destinations for International Travelers

Las Vegas has long been the most popular domestic destination for Americans, but when it comes to international travel, New York is king. The most popular U.S. destination among international visitors in 2014 was also the most popular among all international destinations for many Western Europe countries, including France, Germany, Spain and the UK.

Another popular destination was Orlando, which was also the most-visited international destination for Brazilian and Columbian travelers in 2014, and ranked third for all international visitors. Meanwhile, San Antonio was the U.S. destination most visited by travelers from Mexico in 2014, knocking Las Vegas out of the top spot.

To find more travel ideas and tips, follow Hotels.com on Twitter at @hotelsdotcom and #TravelExperts. For exclusive last-minute deals, visit http://www.hotels.com/hotel-deals or download the Hotels.com mobile app.

About Hotels.com (www.hotels.com)

Hotels.com L.P. operates Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation booking website with over 365,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

© 2015 Hotels.com, LP, Hotels.com, The Obvious Choice, Hotel Price Index, HPI and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. CST # 2083949-50.

SOURCE Hotels.com

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