Looking for the hottest destinations for fall and winter travel? Ovation Travel Group has released a new study of its most popular international destinations, based on its travel advisor bookings, for the rest of 2019 and into 2020. Overall, the company has experienced 20 percent year-over-year growth across all travel segments, and its luxury leisure bookings are up 40 percent over the same time last year.
Ovation described Italy as the hands-down favorite among its destinations, with other European hotspots – France, the UK and Spain – also popular. The company is also seeing rising demand for key markets within Africa and Asia, as well as Barbados.
Ovation’s travel advisors pointed to Italy’s culture, history and food as the key reasons for its perennial appeal. Direct flights out of New York also make it a convenient trip. France likewise appeals with its wine and food offerings, as well as its top-notch luxury hotels. The UK and Spain are also going strong thanks to their relative affordability: the UK due to the declining value of the pound in the face of uncertainty over Brexit, and the Spain due to continued affordable pricing.
Closer to home, Barbados has seen a notable spike in interests from clients looking for a Caribbean vacation. Ovation advisors attributed the attention to the destination’s entry into the all-inclusive market, as well as the negative headlines from the Dominican Republic prompting travelers to look elsewhere in the region.