08/05/2013Orbitz Survey Names Cancun the #1 International Destination for Summer Travel

All signs point to a glorious summer season as Cancun is named the top international destination for summer travel by Orbitz. Orbitz Summer Travel Insider Index analyzed air and hotel booking data from Orbitz.com and picked the 10 most popular summer destinations.

Cancun was ranked number three behind Orlando and Las Vegas and was the only international destination named. Smith Travel Research (STR,) an American based company that tracks supply and demand data for the global hotel industry, also reported increased hotel occupancy in the destination.

Orbitz Summer Travel Insider Index’s top ten destinations were ranked based on all air bookings made on Orbitz.com for travel between June 1 and August 31, 2013. Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages.

According to STR, Cancun’s hotel occupancy in the first three months of the year has been stronger than any January – March period going back to 2007, the destinations most successful year. STR reported that 79% of Cancun hotel rooms were occupied during the first quarter of this year, a busy time that encompasses winter and New Year’s travel, spring and Easter holiday and the increasingly popular Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival.

With connections added just in time for the summer, including new flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans and an added Spirit Airlines’ connection from Dallas Ft. Worth to Cancun, it is now easier than ever to visit America’s #1 International Destination.

Summer is one of the most exciting times to visit Cancun, as hundreds of Whale Sharks flock to Cancun’s turquoise waters from mid-May to mid-September to feed on the abundant supply of plankton. Sea Turtle nesting season will bring hundreds of turtles to Cancun’s beaches to lay the next generation.

As a top entertainment destination, Cancun also offers visitors the opportunity to rock out at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort with the musical spectacle, Cirque Dreams Rocks from June 28 – August 11, and sing along with the Beach Boys, winner of the Grammy “Lifetime Achievement Award” on August 6. Oasis Resorts recently showcased the Village People on May 3 as part of their Flower Power Fest that had guests grooving the night away with hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

In just 43 years of existence, Cancun has grown from a sleepy fishing village into a world-class city, famous for its beaches, entertainment, Mayan culture and renowned hospitality. An incredible summer for Cancun is in the cards, and the destination hopes to surpass guest’s expectations with its incredible hotels, culinary prowess and adventure offerings that will have visitors falling in love with Cancun all over again or for the very first time.

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About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico’s number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun’s shoreline recently underwent a $71 Million Dollar makeover, that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovating the Hotel Zone’s seashore. The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the four islands of the Mexican Caribbean: Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Contoy and Cozumel. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines nature, historical Mayan Culture, glamour, luxury and world class tourism with the seduction for adventure, the passion for paradisiacal nature and the enchantment of gastronomical magic.

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