The border closures and travel restrictions implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a tourism boost for the region, with American travellers flocking to the Caribbean.
Turks and Caicos, in particular, has skyrocketed in popularity and defeated tourism powerhouse The Bahamas.
US-based travel insurance company Squaremouth in a recent release reported border closures and travel restrictions have drastically changed where Americans are travelling, with the majority heading south to the Caribbean.
Squaremouth explained its list of top destinations was historically ruled by European countries which have since closed their borders, leading to a significant shift in traveller behaviour.
“Islands in the Caribbean now comprise half of the top 10 destinations of American travellers.”
The top 10 destinations year-over-year percentage change was as follows:
- United States + 319
- Turks and Caicos + 303
- US Virgin Islands + 207
- Mexico + 46
- Jamaica + 27
- Aruba + 2
- The Bahamas – 32
- Canada – 43
- Israel – 50
- United Kingdom – 56
Squaremouth also reported Turks and Caicos as the fastest-growing international destination, making it the fifth most popular destination overall, up from 60th in 2019.
“While The Bahamas have been a popular destination for the past decade, it was surpassed by Turks and Caicos following the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Squaremouth said its data is based on all travel insurance policies purchased through its website between March 12-October 19, 2020.