According to a new survey conducted by Hilton, 59 percent of respondents plan to jump back into travel post-pandemic with a bucket list vacation they would not have considered prior to the pandemic. The top locations include international and domestic landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, the Colosseum and the Las Vegas Strip. The survey also showed 64 percent of Americans agreed they are in desperate need of a vacation.
The majority of survey respondents feel domestic travel is their best shot at a bucket list trip, with the top U.S. cities Americans plan to visit including Honolulu (29 percent), New York City (25 percent) and Las Vegas (24 percent). Additional cities included Los Angeles, with 21 percent; Miami, chosen by 20 percent of respondents; New Orleans, also with 20 percent; San Francisco, at 19 percent; and San Diego, selected by 18 percent of respondents.
There is still a large desire to travel overseas, and Italy ranked No. 1 at 26 percent, followed by the United Kingdom, 24 percent; France, at 20 percent; and Greece, at 18 percent. Specific cities include Rome, with nearly 27 percent of the respondents choosing the Italian city, followed by Paris (26 percent), London (25 percent), Venice (23 percent), Sydney (22 percent), Dublin (20 percent), Tokyo (18 percent), Barcelona (17 percent), Amsterdam (17 percent) and Madrid (16 percent).
The survey also found two in five respondents plan to visit family they haven’t seen during the pandemic, with 38 percent saying spending quality time with friends and family is one of the top things they miss about traveling. Most, at 59 percent, plan to stay longer in the destination, with 46 percent wanting to travel further than they previously would have.
Montage Los Cabos partners with Chef Mauro Colagreco of the award-winning Mirazur restaurant in France on an exclusive Mirazur Beyond Borders experience. Chef Mauro will take up residency at the resort for the dinner series, Feb. 9–18. The unique dining experience highlights the rich culinary traditions of Mexico, ingredients from the Baja Peninsula and sustainable cooking techniques. The dinner experience starts at $550 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $160. Book reservations here.
Now that concerts, sports games and other live events are back, everyone is rushing to see their favorite artists, sports teams and more, with many traveling for an event. The AC Hotel Orlando Downtown has the perfect offer for those visiting Orlando, Florida.
Choose Chicago and United Airlines currently collaborate on an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program, also with support from Tourism Diversity Matters. United Airlines fully funds the program in 2022, and one lucky candidate will be selected to complete the competitive pilot program.
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, recently announced the launch of the Santa Fe County Experience app to exhibit the many sites and businesses found in the county through different itineraries. Visitors and locals using the app can easily plan trips in the county and explore both well-known and hidden features found in Santa Fe County.
Four new properties are set to debut in New York City and Los Angeles in 2022 from developer and real estate investor Lightstone and Moxy Hotels. Two new Moxy hotels will open in New York: Moxy Lower East Side and Moxy Williamsburg. One new Moxy hotel and one dual-branded Moxy and AC hotel will open in Los Angeles: Moxy Los Angeles Downtown and AC Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
The nation’s oldest and largest celebration honoring the first president of our country, Washington’s Birthday Celebration, returns to Laredo, Texas, for the 124th year. A celebration lasting more than a month, Jan. 21–Feb. 27, this party includes more than 28 events, such as a jalapeno eating contest, a Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball and more. The month-long celebration draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people and offers some of the most well-known social events in South Texas.