The Top 10  travel trends 2016  for U.S. and International Destinations released Travel Leaders Group. Orlando regains top U.S. domestic destination being booked for 2016 slightly above Maui and Alaska cruises. Only six-tenths of a percentage point separates the three popular destinations. European river cruising continues its march up the ranks, just behind Caribbean cruising and Cancun, Mexico. Paris fell to position #11. Particular interesting is the fact that 94.9% of travel agents surveyed state client spending will be the same or higher in the coming year and 85.2% of agents indicate that 2016 bookings are on par or greater than this time one year ago.

Based on actual booking data, Travel Leaders Group‘s survey, the  authoritative 2016 Travel Trends Survey,was conducted November 17 – December 8, 2015, with responses from 1,316 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and frontline travel agents from the flagship Travel Leaders brand and Travel Leaders Group’s All Aboard Travel, Cruise Specialists, Nexion, Protravel International, Results! Travel, Travel Leaders Corporate, Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com units.
Top 2016 U.S. and International Destinations:
For the top domestic and international destinations for 2016, agents were asked to name up to five top destinations they’re already booking:

Rank 2016 Top U.S. Destinations Rank ’15
1 Orlando, FL 35.9% 2
2 Maui, HI 35.8% 3
3 Cruise – Alaska 35.3% 1
4 New York, NY 30.6% 4
5 Las Vegas, NV 28.8% 5
6 Honolulu, HI 21.5% 6
7 Los Angeles, CA 16.0% 9
8 San Francisco, CA 15.1% 7
9 Chicago, IL 14.3% 8
10 Miami/Miami Beach, FL 13.9% 11

Rank 2016 Top International Destinations Rank ’15
1 CRUISE – Caribbean 42.9% 1
2 Cancun, Mexico 35.1% 2
3 CRUISE – Europe (River) 24.4% 4
4 London, U.K. 23.5% 3
5 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 19.8% 8
6 Rome, Italy 19.5% 5
7 CRUISE – Europe (Mediterranean) 18.2% 6
8 Florence/Tuscany, Italy 13.7% 12
9 Montego Bay, Jamaica 12.3% 9
10 Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico 11.6% 10
• Paris dropped out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2011.
• Paris Yearly Rankings: #11 (2016), #7 (2015), #8 (2014), #9 (2013), #8 (2012), #11 (2011), #8 (2010), #13 (2009), #13 (2008), #14 (2007), #14 (2006) #15 (2005)

France Travel:
Travel Leaders Group agents provided insights on how November’s terrorist incident in Paris is impacting bookings, as well as whether they’d travel to Paris and France.
When asked, “Have the events unfolding in France caused your clients to cancel or delay travel to France?” Travel Leaders Group travel agents’ responded:

“No, not at all; my clients are continuing with their immediate travel plans.” 14.3%
“No, not at all; my clients are continuing with their future/long-term travel plans.” 20.0%
“Yes, a small percentage of my clients are delaying their trips.” 10.0%
“Yes, a large percentage of my clients are delaying their trips.” 0.8%
“Yes, a few clients have cancelled their trips.” 6.0%
“Yes, some clients have cancelled their trips.” 2.6%
“Yes, a significant number of clients have cancelled their trips.” 0.8%
• The remaining agents didn’t currently have any bookings for France – not atypical for November/early December bookings.
2016 Travel Spending:

Based on 2016 bookings-to-date and conversations with clients, 94.9% of Travel Leaders Group agents say clients will spend the same or more on travel in 2016.

2016 2015 2014 2013
Spending MORE per trip than previous year 44.8% 53.2% 52.6% 53.1%
Spending THE SAME per trip as previous year 50.1% 43.3% 41.4% 39.1%
Spending LESS per trip than previous year 5.1% 3.5% 6.0% 7.8%

SOURCE Travel Leaders Group/PRNewswire