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2019’s Fastest-Growing Travel Destinations, Revealed by Squaremouth

2019’s Fastest-Growing Travel Destinations, Revealed by Squaremouth

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. November 7, 2019 — Egypt is once again the fastest-growing international destination for U.S. travelers, but reports show new destinations are on the rise, according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth. 

Squaremouth reveals new travel trends for the top 5 fastest-growing international destinations.

5 Fastest-Growing International Destinations for U.S. Travelers 

  • Egypt remains the fastest-growing international destination for the second year in a row with an 84% increase in travelers this year.
  • Puerto Rico secures a top 5 spot with a 42% increase, just two years after the impact of Hurricane Maria. 
  • Portugal returns to the top 5 list after experiencing slow growth in 2018. 
  • U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Portugal, and Panama have surpassed Morocco, Tanzania, and Colombia as top 5 fastest-growing tourist destinations over last year. 
Country Year Over Year Increase
Egypt+ 83.54%
U.S. Virgin Islands+ 44.30%
Puerto Rico+ 42.13%
Portugal+ 40.17%
Panama+ 32.99%

Average Trip Cost Increases Slightly

  • Trip cost increased less than 2% on average for the top 5 destinations. 
  • Travelers heading to Egypt saw the highest increase and spent the most on their trips, with an average cost of $5,145. 
  • Travelers going to Panama spent the least at $3,023.
Country Average Trip CostYear Over Year Change
Egypt$5,145+ 12.67%
U.S. Virgin Islands$3,744- 7.04%
Puerto Rico$3,086+ 3.63%
Portugal$3,908+ 8.23%
Panama$3,023- 8.62%

All Generations Enjoy Top Destinations

  • Millennial travel saw the highest increase in tourism to Panama, more than doubling over last year. 
  • Egypt saw the highest increases from Gen Z, Baby Boomer, and Silent Generation travelers. 
CountryGen ZMillennialGen XBaby BoomerSilent Generation
Egypt+ 149%+ 62%+ 64%+ 99%+ 100%
U.S. Virgin Islands+ 26%+ 37%+ 38%+ 40%+ 59%
Puerto Rico+ 51%+ 51%+ 51%+ 33%+ 16%
Portugal+ 31%+ 30%+ 39%+ 45%+ 47%
Panama+ 97%+ 104%+ 41%+ 29%+ 29%

Surprising Decrease for Popular Destinations

  • Iceland grew significantly in popularity in 2017 and 2018, however the closure of low cost carrier WOW Airline in March 2019 may have contributed to a 13.28% decline this past year.
  • Russia and China also saw a slowdown in growth, decreasing by 4.74% and 4.40% respectively.  
Country Year Over Year Decrease
Iceland- 13.28%
Russian Federation- 4.74%
China- 4.40%

Methodology: Data is based on travel insurance policies purchased through for travel between 1/1/2019-12/31/2019. Statistics reflect year-over-year changes unless otherwise noted.

Notes to editors

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