(PRWEB) May 12, 2010
Despite delays and cancellations caused by the ash cloud, many European cities held their positions at the top of April’s “Top 50 Flight Destinations”. Surprisingly, Athens - having recently suffered the negative effects caused by both the ash cloud and civil unrest - actually moved up nine places this month.
Ones to watch:
Tel Aviv and Seoul showed the biggest jump in rank position (+17, and +12, respectively) while Germany has also taken a stronghold in the chart this month, with four of its major cities moving quite highly into prominent positions.
They also see many, Eastern European cities making their debut in the Top 50 and subsequently displacing a few of the more “traditional” favorites possibly indicating a growing trend for North Americans to look for a “road less traveled”.
The rise of Germany
Frankfurt entered the top ten this month while Berlin and Dusseldorf increased by six and seven places respectively. Munich showed the biggest increase of the Germany cities in the top 50, rising an impressive 12 places to number 25.
The fall of Canada
While flights to Europe performed well in April, it appears that American travelers are showing less interest in travel to Canadian destinations. Toronto dropped ten places to position 37 and Vancouver, which enjoyed a rise in popularity during the winter Olympics, almost fell out of the ranking, clinging onto the 50th spot.
The top ten Favorites
Cities that continue to rank in the top ten this month include London, Paris, Dublin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, all of which offer particularly good airfare deals from New York, while New York itself held onto second place. Joining the top ten ranks in April, Madrid rose from the number 12 slot last month to number three in April, while Miami fell seven places out of the top ten to 16th position.
Some new destinations appeared in April that were not in March's top 50. Casablanca, one of the destinations featured in the upcoming Sex and the City 2 movie, moved into 41st place, while both Moscow and Warsaw entered the top 50 this month.
Decline in Searches to Spring Break Locales
With the prolonged-ski season and Spring Break season winding down, cities which saw a pre-Spring Break boom, namely Cancun, Miami, Honolulu, Orlando, Denver and Ft. Lauderdale all saw searches drop significantly this month, the latter of which dropped 24 places.
April 2010 - Top 50 Destinations for the US
1. London 
2. New York 
3. Madrid [+9]
4. Las Vegas [-1]
5. Paris [+1]
6. Los Angeles [-2]
7. Rome [+3]
8. Dublin [-3]
9. Frankfurt [+5]
10. San Francisco [-1]
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Scot Carlson / Mary Porter
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