Summer holiday hotspots: Agoda.com reveals top summer 2019 holiday destinations

With the summer holidays fast approaching, Agoda, one of the world's fastest growing digital travel platforms, reveals Tokyo, London and Las Vegas continue to hold the top destination spots in 2019

Summer holiday hotspots: Agoda.com reveals top summer 2019 holiday destinations

Japan dominates Asia Pacific travelers’ summer plans scooping six out of the top ten destinations this summer. Firm favorites TokyoOsaka, Okinawa Main Island, Kyoto, are joined this year by Sapporo and Fukuoka, knocking Singapore and Hong Kong out of the top 10 list. summer hotspots

Tokyo’s appeal as a hot destination isn’t limited to travelers from Asia, it sits in the top ten for travelers across all regions, with Agoda‘s booking data showing Tokyo jump to second spot for US travelers and fifth for Europeans this year.

While Asia-Pacific travelers are more likely to holiday ‘locally’, travelers from the Middle EastNorth America and Europe are crossing continents for their summer break. The fashion capitals of EuropeLondon and Paris are the top cities enticing Middle East travelers this year, while Rome, with its history and Italian chic, takes the third spot. Asian destinations are also inching up the list for Middle Eastern travelers, with Bali, and Tokyo joining Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in this year’s top 10. summer hotspots

Las Vegas holds the top spot for North American travelers in 2019, with Tokyo pushing New York out of the number two spot to number three. The cosmopolitan cities of LondonParis and Rome with their historical and contemporary sights and sounds also make the top 10. Los AngelesOrlandoChicago and Seattle are the top domestic destinations within the top 10 this summer.

Meanwhile, in Europe, travelers are venturing further and taking more mid to long-haul trips this summer. Asian destinations have knocked traditional European cities down and out of the top ten list with Asian favorites such as BaliBangkokTokyo and Pattaya making the list. New York and Las Vegas also entered the list for European travelers this year, marking a change in their travel habits.

Top Summer Destinations by Origin

Asia Pacific
Middle East
North America
Europe
No
2018
2019
No
2018
2019
No
2018
2019
No
2018
2019
1.
Tokyo
Tokyo
1.
Dubai
London
1.
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
1.
London
London
2.
Bangkok
Okinawa Main Island
2.
Abu Dhabi
Paris
2.
New York
Tokyo
2.
Paris
Bali
3.
Osaka
Osaka
3.
Manama
Rome
3.
Los Angeles
New York
3.
Rome
Bangkok
4.
Okinawa Main Island
Bangkok
4.
Mecca
Bali
4.
San Francisco
Los Angeles
4.
Barcelona
Berlin
5.
Bali
Sapporo
5.
Riyadh
New York
5.
Oahu
London
5.
Amsterdam
Tokyo
6.
Seoul
Bali
6.
Bangkok
Dubai
6.
Orlando
Orlando
6.
Venice
New York
7.
Taipei
Kyoto
7.
Jeddah
Bangkok
7.
Chicago
Chicago
7.
Berlin
Las Vegas
8.
Kyoto
Fukuoka
8.
Istanbul
Kuala Lumpur
8.
Boston
Paris
8.
Milan
Paris
9.
Singapore
Seoul
9.
Kuala Lumpur
Amsterdam
9.
Seattle
Seattle
9.
Moscow
Pattaya
10.
Hong Kong
Taipei
10.
London
Tokyo
10.
Toronto
Rome
10.
Munich
Rome

Where are UK holidaymakers heading in the Summer of 2019?

  • Asia is dominating UK travelers’ summer travel plans, with five of the top ten countries in the far east this year – Thailand (3rd), Japan (5th), Indonesia (6th), Philippines (9th) and Malaysia (10th)
  • While US hot spots Las Vegas and New York feature in this year’s top ten in sixth and eighth place respectively, Asian favorites are scooping top spots this summer – Bali (2), Bangkok (3), Tokyo (5), and Pattaya (9)
  • London (1), Manchester (4) and Edinburgh (10), are the top domestic destinations in the summer of 2019. Only one European city made the UK top ten — Rome – coming in eighth place
  • Agoda’s travel booking data also shows the UK is appealing as a top 10 destination for global travelers UAE and Israel ranking the UK as the fourth most popular choice, with Germany (7) France (9) and China (10)

Travel inspiration – Summer Hotspots

From exploring the great outdoors to discovering historical gems, Agoda shares some travel inspiration this summer for a range of travelers:

1.  For those traveling with young ones — Osaka, Japan 

Osaka is an ideal destination for those traveling with their little ones. Spend a relaxed afternoon at the Nishikinohama Beach Park, known for its pristine white beach and breezy pine groves. Designated as one of top 100 most scenic spots in Osaka, the park is a 10-minute walk from the Nishikinohama Station, making it easily accessible. Children can enjoy digging for clams on the beach, while the adults barbecue and cool off in the water. summer hotspots

You can also head down to the Osaka Aquarium for a fun day for both parents and children alike. The colorful fish are sure to captivate the kids while a unique interactive exhibit allows the grown-ups to learn something new too!

To build your perfect, customized itinerary for Osaka, check out Agoda’s Osaka Travel Guide.

2.  For those traveling with their restless teenager — Los AngelesUSA

The City of Angels offers visitors a plethora of activities — from museums and concerts to hiking and horseback riding – making keeping your teenager occupied a breeze. If your teen is a TV fan, treat them to the experience of attending a live taping of a favorite sitcom or talk show. It’s bound to be a fun and eye-opening experience showing them the work put in behind-the-scenes.

If your teen is a nature lover, head out on a whale-watching tour via Thingstodo.agoda.com  that allows you to get up close with these fascinating animals. You can also consider signing your teenager up for a few surf lessons at the beach while you relax and work on your tan!

3.  A perfect spot to bring the whole family — Bali, Indonesia

For families looking for an adventure Bali has it covered — from mountains, beaches, shopping and spas to first class cuisine. In fact, there is no better way to discover Bali than through its rich street food culture. Influenced by Indonesian, Chinese and Indian culinary traditions, Balinese food features a range of spices, seafood and fresh produce. Stroll down Batu Bolong Street in Canggu, a two kilometer stretch packed with eateries, cafes and shops where you can find something to satisfy every craving. Alternatively, head to Sindhu Night Market, a fantastic option for families who want to try a wide range of local food at local prices.

For families planning a special summer stay, check out the Agoda Homes available on Agoda. These properties allow families to have a whole villa or apartment to themselves with added facilities and amenities not usually found in hotels.

4.  For the cosmopolitan adventurer — London, United Kingdom

Whether you are traveling solo or part of a group, London in the summer is hard to beat. Packed with activities for every type of traveler, London is an eclectic mix of culture, shopping, and history. Head out for a taste of London’s nightlife, catch a show on West End or simply explore the city’s markets, parks and historical landmarks. The warm days in June mark the start of the city’s music festival season too – a perfect place to meet like-minded friends. London also makes an excellent base for day trips to the English countryside. For more travel inspiration and hand-picked recommendationsfor activities, tours and things to do in and around London, check out Things to Do on the Agoda App. summer hotspots

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