22 January 2014

Italy overtakes USA as Spanish travellers’ most popular destination 

Italy, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom and Portugal were leading destinations for Spain’s fully independent travellers in 2013. Italy took top position pushing the USA into third, while Spain moved into second place. The UK and Portugal moved into the top five last year, edging out France. Room nights booked in Portugal showed the greatest year on year growth, while Japan and Australia showed double digit growth in 2013.

As TravelCube heads to Fitur (22-26 January 2014) in Madrid, data reveals the most popular destinations booked through www.travelcube.es in 2013.

Leading destinations for Spain’s fully independent travellers (FIT) in 2013 were Italy, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom and Portugal. Italy took top position in 2013 pushing the United States into third. An increasing amount of accommodation options at great rates saw Spain rise three places in the list.

The popularity of the UK and Portugal saw them move into the top five last year, edging out France, with room nights booked in Portugal showing the greatest year on year growth. Japan and Australia also showed double digit growth in 2013 with the number of room nights booked in these destinations increasing 43% and 27% respectively.

Katja Bohnet, TravelCube’s Country Manager for Spain, says: “Whether their clients are travelling for business or pleasure, TravelCube has been helping Spanish travel agents book accommodation, services, excursions and experiences in destinations at home and abroad. While the USA remains a popular option for Spanish travellers, it is clear that the many appeals of Italy – and their own country – kept them in the Mediterranean last year. Growth in travel to long haul destinations Australia and Japan could also be indicative of greater consumer confidence, so we are looking forward to a good year in 2014.”

The Spanish are already planning their 2014 travel, searching www.TravelCube.es for accommodation in London, Paris and New York.

Katja adds: “With tens of thousands of accommodation options, tour guide and transfer services, unique experiences, excursions, attraction tickets and more, agents trust us to deliver. With us, they enjoy the reliability and security of a company that puts customer service, strong relationships and the growth of their business at its heart.

“We help travel businesses sort through an enormous amount of choice and find the right options to meet their customers’ demands. Our worldwide reach and decades of travel expertise means we can act quickly to secure allocations throughout the year, to negotiate attractive – and free – cancellation terms, as well as special offers, promotions and competitive rates.”