The Middle East is seeing a comeback among upscale Americans this fall and holiday season, according to new findings from global luxury travel network Virtuoso. Acknowledged as an authoritative trend forecaster, Virtuoso examined data from its warehouse of more than $40.7 billion in transactions to unveil the most in-demand places for the coming fall and festive holiday season.
The findings were announced at one of luxury travel’s largest and most prestigious events, the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week. Taking place at Las Vegas’ Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa, August 11-17.
The Virtuoso Top 10:
The most popular fall and holiday travel destinations for Americans based on future bookings.
3. South Africa
8. United States
9. New Zealand
The Top 10 Analysis: Always strong for summer travel, Europe’s allure extends into the fall, with five countries placing on the list. Germany, in particular, holds strong appeal for river cruisers wishing to experience the famed Christmas markets. Japan’s captivating blend of tradition and modernity has made it increasingly popular among upscale travelers, landing on this year’s Virtuoso Luxe Report list of top emerging destinations. South Africa and New Zealand, both perennially fashionable for families and adventure travelers, are compelling choices for seasonality, as they head into their spring and summer. Also noteworthy on the list: Americans’ desire to roam their own country and stay closer to home for the holidays.