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Expedia: Travel demand for Puerto Rico up 15% in 3Q15

ExpedialogoTravel demand for the Puerto Rico market experienced about 15 percent growth year-over-year in the third quarter of 2015, the Expedia group revealed Wednesday at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace event in the Bahamas.

Expedia, one of the world’s largest online travel companies, said the Caribbean in general showed an increase in travel demand of 20 percent YOY for the via the company’s platforms during the same period.

Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic remained the top producing market in the Caribbean with more than 15 percent YOY growth, while Aruba went up nearly 30, and Montego Bay, Jamaica had more than 10 percent growth.

New data from Expedia showed that the United States mainland remained the key feeder market for the Caribbean, with a reported growth of nearly 20 percent to regional destinations.

“The Caribbean is an important, ever-growing market for Expedia group with more than 2,700 hotel partners currently in the region, and more than 1,000 new partnerships in 2015 alone,” said Demetrius Canton, director of lodging partner services for the Caribbean, the Expedia group.

“We continue to focus on how we can better support our hotel partners and provide them with the ability to generate revenue and drive demand,” he said.

During the third quarter of 2015, the company saw large increases throughout some Eastern Caribbean destinations including Antigua, with nearly 50 percent growth. The Expedia group also reported a significant YOY growth during the third quarter 2015 for Barbados, with more than 50 percent increase in demand; and the U.S. Virgin Islands (made up of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John), with nearly 25 percent growth.

Other international markets reporting substantial year over year growth in the third quarter of 2015 include: the United Kingdom, with nearly 45 percent growth; Canada, with nearly 10 percent growth; and France, with more than 10 percent growth.

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