Cancun, Q.R. — Despite the crisis that the pandemic has generated in the tourism sector, travel agents in the United States project a significant movement of travelers in 2022.
While many Americans will continue to travel locally to preferred destinations such as Hawaii, New York, Las Vegas and Miami, others are opting for Caribbean beaches like Cancun and Punta Cana in Dominican Republic.
Travel agent Brad Striegel says that “the biggest general trend with my clients is concerns about excessive travel restrictions and health protocols, which now seem quite ineffective and pointless.”
He says travel preferences now are geared toward long, family and multi-generational trips. “They also look for destinations without complications, which is why those six destinations are favorites thanks to the lack of restrictions,” said the Cruise Planners travel agent.
Striegel added that destinations where vaccines are requested are the least popular.
“The places with vaccine requirements are not popular. As such, easily accessible destinations like all-inclusive beach resorts in the Dominican Republic, Cancun and destinations in the U.S. are the most popular with my clients,” he explained.
Anthony Tucker, Vice President and General Manager of All Inclusive Outlet said that “much of 2021 has been dominated by Mexico and the Dominican Republic due to their more lenient entry requirements, but as we move away from 2020, I think the demand for smaller boutique experiences will increase dramatically.”
“I’ve seen more multi-generational requests than ever as families want to get together and travel together now that they can do it again,” said Caroline Sprunger of Jetset World Travel.
“They are willing to spend more time and money than before for the experience and for having the whole family together.”