Cheapflights charts North America’s rising and falling stars

Two leading destinations in the Dominican Republic have suffered a slump in consumer popularity in the first half of the year, according to a new study.

Punta Cana and Puerto Plata both saw declining interest from UK consumers together with Montego Bay in Jamaica, Seawell in Barbados and Oranjestad in Aruba.

These destinations saw the biggest drop in popularity year-on-year in the North America Popularity Index produced by flight search and comparison site

In contrast, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, topped the regional destination popularity index followed by Belize City, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Winnipeg in Canada and Honolulu.

The report ranked the 75 most frequently searched destinations according to their change in popularity over the first six months in 2009.

Cheapflights holiday expert Nadine Hallak said: “As the economy bounces back, travellers are looking to take slightly longer breaks that still have cost saving benefits.”

Top 5 destinations that saw an increase in popularity based on searches in 2010 compared to 2009:

Georgetown, Grand Caymen
Belize City, Belize
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Winnipeg, Canada
Honolulu, Hawaii

The five destinations that saw the bigest decrease in popularity based on searches in 2010 compared to 2009:

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Seawell, Barbados
Oranjestad, Aruba


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