Los Angeles is a jumping off point to places far afield in and across the Pacific. And, according to Travel Leaders, those living in Los Angeles or choosing to head off to their vacations from Southern California are traveling farther and in ever greater numbers. A new survey conducted by Travel Leaders Group of Los Angeles area travel advisors reports that Travel Leader Network clients, while still visiting popular-from-the-West-Coast destinations, such as Hawaii, Alaska and Asia, are now increasingly traveling farther to vacation in greater numbers in Europe, the Caribbean and in eastern parts of Mexico. The report also reflected the popularity of trending destinations such as New Zealand, Vietnam, Colombia, Portugal and Malta.

“We are seeing incredible growth across the board in travel with new routes, airline, hotels, cruise and tour offerings hitting the market every day,” said Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko, “and what we’re seeing from our Los Angeles clients is an interest to go farther.”

“Some new air routes from LAX and an increased frequency on some routes, to Europe for example, have helped to open up destinations around the world that were previously difficult to get to from Los Angeles,” said Chacko. “Our travel advisors relish the challenge of designing custom experiences for travelers seeking both exotic and closer to home escapes for Angelenos.”

Family travel also ranked high with L.A. area travelers. In particular, those travelers sought amenities geared toward traveling with children and multiple generations of family members, such as larger, or adjoining rooms, breakfast included and children’s programing.

“Families today are traveling more extensively around the world, and frequently with multiple generations on the same trip, so they are often working with a travel advisor to ensure the details are seamless, as well as developing a program of activities to appeal to each of the different travelers,” said Chacko, “That’s where the experience of our travel advisor experts can really make a difference in creating unforgettable memories for travelers.”

In the Los Angeles area, Travel Leaders Group agencies include Protravel International, Tzell Travel and All Star Travel, with offices in Beverly Hills, Encino, Orange County, as well as San Diego, San Francisco and throughout North America, South America and the UK. The Los Angeles based advisors were polled for their insights on what their L.A. clients are booking in 2019.

The trending destinations among Travel Leaders Group clients flying out of LAX are listed below.Travel Leaders’ top domestic destinations for 2019:

• Hawaii
• New York
• Alaska
• Pacific Northwest
• Florida
• Washington, D.C.

Travel Leaders’ top International destinations for 2019:

• Western Europe
• Italy
• Eastern Europe
• Mexico
• Spain
• South Pacific
• The Caribbean
• France
• Asia
• Japan

Travel Leaders’ top emerging destinations for 2019:

• Vietnam
• Colombia
• Southeast Asia
• Portugal
• Japan
• Croatia
• Iceland
• Malta
• Belize

2019’S Hottest Travel Trends:

1. Family Travel
2. Solo Travel
3. Experiential Travel: Cultural, Culinary, Self-Discovery
4. Health & Wellness
5. Cruising: Big, Bigger and Small

Hotel Industry Trends:

• Stronger focus to deliver hyper-personalized hotel stays
• Technology to connect and build relationships with guests & instantly fix issues
• Sustainability
• Connection to Place – Local Partnerships & Experience

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