Expedia reveals surge in demand for Caribbean travel

Expedia reveals surge in demand for Caribbean travel

The Expedia group has reported at Caribbean Travel Marketplace an increase in travel demand of 20 per cent year over year for the Caribbean via the company’s platforms during the third quarter of 2015 with significant growth reported across the entire region.

The company also reports that Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic remains the top producing market in the Caribbean with more than 15 per cent growth year over year in the third quarter of 2015 when compared to the same period in 2014.

San Juan, Puerto Rico (nearly 15 per cent growth); Aruba (nearly 30 per cent growth); and Montego Bay, Jamaica (more than 10 per cent growth) follow as leading in-demand markets on all Expedia group platforms.

New data from Expedia indicates that the United States remains the key feeder market for the Caribbean with a reported growth of nearly 20 per cent to Caribbean destinations.

During the third quarter of 2015, the company saw large increases throughout some Eastern Caribbean destinations including Antigua, with nearly 50 per cent growth.

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The Expedia group also reports a significant year over year growth during the third quarter 2015 for Barbados, with over 50 per cent increase in demand; and US Virgin Islands (made up of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John), with nearly 25 per cent growth.

“The Caribbean is an important, ever-growing market for Expedia group with more than 2,700 hotel partners currently in the region, and more than 1,000 new partnerships in 2015 alone,” said Demetrius Canton, director of lodging partner services for the Caribbean, the Expedia group.

“We continue to focus on how we can better support our hotel partners and provide them with the ability to generate revenue and drive demand.”