Miami Beach, Florida, USA on Ocean Drive. (photo via Sean Pavone / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Booking data reported and analyzed by worldwide luxury-holiday specialist Kenwood Travel shows that Florida is this year’s most popular long-haul summer destination, demonstrating a rise in sales of seventeen percent over 2018, as reported by TravelDailyNews.

Similar research revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently the world’s second most sought-after summer travel spot, with bookings to the capital city of Abu Dhabi, in particular, up 83 percent year-over-year.

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Thailand claims the title of third most in-demand destination among long-haul hotspots this season, with the tropical islands of the Maldives following in fourth.

This summer’s most popular long-haul destinations:

— Florida


— Thailand

— Maldives

— Barbados

— Mauritius

— Mexico

— Dominican Republic

— St. Lucia

— Antigua

The U.S. and UAE are likewise leading the pack in terms of 2019’s prevailing summer city-break spots, with UAE cities claiming the top two slots.

Most popular long-haul city break destinations this summer:

— Dubai

— Abu Dhabi

— Las Vegas

— New York

— Miami

Despite anxiety surrounding Brexit, European destinations are proving to be the fastest-growing in terms of tourism, according to Kenwood’s data. Holidaymakers are busy booking luxury vacations on the Continent, in such areas as Cyprus, Italy and Portugal. Kenwood’s numbers demonstrate that sales to Cyprus have nearly doubled in comparison to the same period in 2018 (up 94 percent), with Italy and Portugal seeing a rise of 93 percent and 68 percent, respectively. Other noteworthy numbers that marked year-over-year increases in luxury long-haul bookings were 25 percent to Vietnam, 24 percent to Malaysia and 18 percent to the U.S.

Of the firm’s primarily British clientele, Alex Stuart, Head of Sales at Kenwood Travel, commented, “Our booking data shows a growing appetite amongst British holidaymakers for luxury holidays, not only in long-haul destinations such as Florida, the UAE and Thailand, but also those closer to home. Whilst many suggested British holidaymakers would delay or even postpone their holidays this year due to Brexit, our booking data shows that in fact, Brits are still determined to enjoy their summer holiday on foreign shores this year.”