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ASTA travel agents report hot spots for summer travel

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Travel agents again named Orlando as the No.1 domestic summer getaway of their clients, according to a recent poll of members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Las Vegas again scored second place in domestic destinations – like Orlando, for the 12th year in a row – in the poll, followed (in descending order) by Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans.

Summer travel to New Orleans, Miami and San Diego showed remarkable growth over the past 12 years, while New York City, Honolulu, and San Francisco were the big dippers.

State-wise, the top five domestic hot spots were (in descending order) Florida, Nevada, California, New York and Hawaii.

South of the border, Mexico’s superresort at Cancun again (11 years in a row) walked away with the honors for that country’s No. 1 destination of ASTA-booked summer travelers. Globally, Cancun was those travelers' 4th most popular destination, preceded (in descending order) by London, Rome and Paris. Coming in 5th was Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, followed (again, in descending order) by Barcelona, Spain; Mexico’s Riviera Maya; Amsterdam; Madrid; and Jamaica’s Montego Bay.

Country-wise, Italy scored the No. 1 spot followed by Mexico, France, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. France showed the most remarkable growth over the 11-year period.

In the category of “the most relaxing destinations,” Hawaii took the top honors followed by Mexico, the Caribbean, Jamaica and cruising.

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