Luxury Travel Trends of the Wealthiest One Percent of Americans are Revealed in a New Report by Resonance Consultancy

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Study Shows Top Five Percent Spend 29 Days Per Year Traveling and an Average of $3,115 per Person per Vacation for Total Estimated Annual Spending of More than $390 Billion a Year.

The Caribbean is one of the most popular destinations for the wealthiest travelers in the U.S.

With estimated total expenditures of close to $400 billion per year on vacations, the top five percent of U.S. travelers is the most lucrative leisure market segment in the world”

A new study conducted by international travel and tourism consultancy Resonance Consultancy identifies the most appealing destinations and luxury travel trends of the top five percent and one percent of U.S. travelers.

In an analysis of 1,667 travelers with a household income of at least $200,000 or net worth of $2 million, Resonance found the top five percent take 14.3 trips per year (half for business and half for leisure, totaling an average of 29 days per year). U.S. travelers overall take an average of 4.8 trips. Analyzing spending habits of the top five percent, it was revealed that there is an average of $3,115 spent per person per vacation, as compared to the typical U.S. traveler, who spends just $1,347.

“With estimated total expenditures of close to $400 billion per year on vacations, the top five percent of U.S. travelers is the most lucrative leisure market segment in the world,” says Resonance Consultancy President Chris Fair. “This report provides an unprecedented look at the travel aspirations and intentions of the wealthiest households in the country.”

While Mexico, Canada and Europe are the most popular international destinations when considering all U.S. travelers, Caribbean destinations such as the Bahamas, Anguilla and the U.S. Virgin Islands stand out when it comes to attracting the top one percent of U.S. travelers.

Of the top 10 international places to visit in 2016 chosen by the wealthiest one percent, six also ranked high on the list for U.S. travelers in general. The top one percent chose these as their top ten destinations:

  •     Mexico (26%)
  •     Canada (24%)
  •     Italy (24%)
  •     England (22%)
  •     France (22%)
  •     Germany (14%)
  •     *Bahamas (14%)
  •     *Anguilla (13%)
  •     *Australia (12%)
  •     *U.S. Virgin Islands (11%)

*These destinations are not among the top 10 destinations of U.S. travelers in general.

The study also reveals that upscale luxury hotels are the preferred accommodation for high net worth travelers, with Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and Hilton at the top of the list of preferred hotel brands for the wealthiest one percent.

When it comes to booking vacations, wealthy travelers are more likely to book directly with a hotel or airline than use an online travel agency, and more than one-third use a travel agent to make arrangements for them.

Demand for large homes and multi-bedroom villas that facilitate “togethering” may see an increase, as 45 percent of the top one percent are planning vacations with friends, 41 percent with kids and 30 percent a multi-generational vacation. They also consider health and wellness aspects of travel, and 67 percent regularly or occasionally play golf while on vacation.

To learn more about the luxury travel trends of the top one percent, please contact Resonance Consultancy President Chris Fair at cfair(at)

About Resonance Consultancy
Resonance Consultancy creates tourism development strategies, plans and brands that shape the future of places around the world. The company provides leading public and private sector organizations with research, strategic planning, development strategy and branding to help realize the full potential of developments, destinations and communities. To learn more about Resonance Consultancy, visit

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