Bahamas Most Popular Island Destination while Turks & Caicos is Island Most would Like to Visit

Thursday 2, May 2013


Bahamas Most Popular Island Destination while Turks & Caicos is Island Most would Like to Visit


The Bahamas continues to attract the most American luxury travelers, according to a new study released by Resonance Consultancy in collaboration with the Luxury Institute.


The report also shows that the island destination more affluent Americans want to visit than any other is the Turks and Caicos.


The Resonance Report on Affluent Travel and Leisure surveyed more than 1,200 affluent U.S. households with incomes of $150k+ to understand their plans for travel, recreation and the purchase of vacation homes in the next 12-24 months.


To download a complete copy of the Resonance Report 2013 please visit


“The Bahamas has always been associated with luxury travel, and the country resisted catering to the lower end of the market after the downturn in 2008. Many other Caribbean destinations went the other way,” says Chris Fair, president of Resonance Consultancy.


The Bahamas welcomed approximately 5.8 million visitors in 2012, a 6% increase over 2011 arrivals. With a new airport and construction of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar resort in Nassau well under way, the Bahamian government is expecting to attract an additional 500,000 visitors a year after the resort opens in December 2014.


Regional competition is a constant in and around the Caribbean, and today, more than a quarter of American luxury travelers surveyed cited the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as the island destination they would most like to visit.

Tourism to Turks and Caicos has grown by double digits in recent years, rising to more than a million visitors in 2012. Over the past five years, the TCI tourism industry has put exceptional effort into raising service standards, and numerous luxury resorts have sought to outdo one another with extravagant amenities, stunning views and personalized service.


According to the survey, the Top 10 most visited island destinations for U.S. luxury travelers are:


  1. Bahamas 

  2. Puerto Rico 

  3. Jamaica 

  4. Virgin Islands
St. Maarten 

  6. Cayman Islands 

  7. Bermuda 

  8. Aruba
  10. Dominican Republic


According to the survey, the Top 10 island destination U.S. luxury travelers would most like to visit are:


  1. Turks & Caicos

  3. Virgin Islands 

  4. Cayman Islands 

  5. Bermuda
St. Lucia 

  7. St. Barts 

  8. St. Kitts & Nevis
10. St. Maarten
  10. The Bahamas


To download a complete copy of the Resonance Report 2013 please visit



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