Jamaica ranks among top 5 Xmas-New Year destinations

Business reporter

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Airlines Reporting Corp (ARC) has ranked Jamaica as one of the top five international Christmas-New Year seasonal flight destinations in 2018.

The country placed fourth behind the Dominican Republic, United Kingdom and Mexico holding the number one spot, based on ticket transactions between airlines and travel agencies occurring from the period December 23, 2018, to January 1, 2019.

Puerto Rico placed fifth and was followed by Italy, France, Spain and Canary Islands, The Bahamas, and Germany. Flights originated within the US.

An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC on Monday reported that air ticket sales were up for many popular European destinations this Christmas-New Year's season compared to 2017. The number of air tickets sold for travel to the United Kingdom is up 20 per cent compared with the same period last year. Italy saw 21 per cent growth, while France and Spain are up 12 per cent.

The top 10 city Christmas-New Year's seasonal flight destinations in 2018 were New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Orlando, Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, and Cancun.

According to ARC, overall, holiday travel round trips are on par with the comparative season of 2017. However, Jamaica's position as the fourth Christmas-New Year fourth destination is two places higher than when Montego Bay placed sixth for city destinations in February 2017.

ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. The company touts itself as the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce, providing flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world's most comprehensive air ticket transaction data.

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