Where are luxury travelers going this fall? Virtuoso has analyzed its data from more than $40.7 billion in travel transactions to reveal where people are going this fall and festive holiday season.

The hot tip? The Middle East is seeing a comeback among upscale travelers. Read on for our “Top 10” and “Hot 10” lists.

Top Ten – Fall 2018

Europe continues to hold a strong allure for luxury travelers into the fall, with leaf peeping in the fall and Christmas markets into the winter in. South Africa and New Zealand enter their spring and summer, making them both great warm-weather choices.
Christmas markets, like this one in Munich, are a huge draw in Germany.

Hot 10 – Fall 2018

These countries have seen the largest growth in year-over-year bookings for U.S. travelers. The Middle East and North Africa are trending upward – Israel placed in both the Top 10 and Hot 10 lists. Switzerland also made an appearance on both lists, with its world-class ski resorts and charming lakeside towns. Greece, which was the fastest-growing destination this summer, continues to shine into the fall and early winter.
Charming chalets in Arosa, Switzerland.
Data is obtained from Virtuoso’s U.S. agency members and reflects future travel for September through December 2018.
1. Turkey (+310%) – Read more about Turkey’s tourism comeback.
2. Egypt (+264%)
3. Morocco (+144%)
4. India  (+128%)
5. Cayman Islands (+124%)
6. Brazil (+92%)
7. Israel (+88%)
8. Switzerland (+82%)
9. Indonesia (+76%)
10. Greece (+74%)
Data is sourced from Virtuoso’s U.S. and Canadian travel agency members and reflects travel for September, October, and November 2018.
Top photo: Istanbul, Turkey. All photos by Annie Fitzsimmons.