According to Travel Weekly, for the first time in history Mexico is leading in travel destinations for North Americans during Thanksgiving. And Puerto Vallarta was among the top three international destinations, along with Cancun and San Jose Del Cabo.

Likewise, Expedia Canada published a list that placed Puerto Vallarta among the most searched international destinations by Canadians.

Allianz reviewed travel plans for flights leaving U.S. airports from Nov. 21 to Dec. 1. The company analyzed 632,757 itineraries, which it said was about on par with other industry estimations that Thanksgiving travel was down about 75% compared with the same period last year (in 2019, Allianz’s Thanksgiving travel report analyzed 2.4 million itineraries).

“Always a popular destination, Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since Covid-19 began — the country’s accessibility and safety protocols like restricted capacity at resorts to enable proper social distancing may be helping to drive demand along with the promise of a warm weather escape,” Allianz said.

Notably missing from the list this year were popular European destinations like London and Paris — which regularly cracked the top five for Thanksgiving travel in recent years — due to Covid-19-related travel restrictions.

Allianz said the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 25, will be the busiest departure day for domestic destinations. Saturday, Nov. 21, is the most popular departure date for those with international destinations.

Sources: Travel Weekly & Travel Pulse Canada