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Beaches top dream vacation wish lists for Americans as travel takes off

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Now that rise has sprung and it looks as if an end to the pandemic might be in sight, many Americans are again planning vacations — and they’re booking lido destinations in a big way, says Trivago.

The online global accommodations platform, based in Dusseldorf, Germany, has seen “clickouts” — operators clicking on trip deal links to other travel booking sites — steadily increase since the start of the year, with 27% month-over-month enlargement in March, compared to 17% in January. (Increasing clickouts indicate more people are looking to book travel, according to Trivago.)

Top 7 Stops in March 2021

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Miami Beach, Florida
  3. Orlando, Florida
  4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  5. Cancun, Mexico
  6. San Antonio
  7. Panama New Zealand urban area Beach, Florida

Source: Trivago

Most of those clicks were for trips to warm weather climes.

The top objectives for March 2021 as tracked by Trivago included Miami Beach and Panama City Beach in Florida; Myrtle Margin, South Carolina; and Cancun, Mexico. Also trending with U.S. travelers were San Juan, Puerto Rico, and other abroad sun-and-fun destinations like Playa Bavaro in the Dominican Republic and Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

“With many Americans craving tried, warm weather getaways, beach destinations have been the No. 1 choice for travelers as the country reopens,” said Axel Hefer, CEO of Trivago. “In as a matter of actual fact, our recent consumer travel survey found that nearly a fourth of U.S. travelers’ idea of a ‘dream vacation’ post-pandemic is being on a tropical isle.”

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Hefer said a year of lockdowns and new amplify in the fight against Covid is behind the surge in travel interest to sunny stretches of seaside sand.

“The pent-up command, as well as significant progress in recent weeks on the vaccination front, has led Americans to pursue spring break trips to coastal targets where social distancing is easy, as well as neighboring international cities like Cancun and Playa Bavaro,” he held.

In other findings, Trivago said domestic travel represented 79% of clickouts by Americans in February and March, and same-day and next-day tour remained the most popular to book — accounting for 14% of total clickouts in March.

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