Top ARC MarketPlace's 2016 Holiday Bookings

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Classic Destinations Top ARC MarketPlace's 2016 Holiday Bookings

Rome is Most Popular for Christmas, Paris for New Year's Eve

ARLINGTON, Va. – Dec. 6, 2016 –Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported today that Paris and Rome top the list for Christmas and New Year's Eve bookings* made through ARC MarketPlace—a website that provides travel agents with commissionable goods like worldwide activities, tours, airport transfers, car rentals and passport/visa services.

Trips to Australia and New Zealand remain popular while Iceland made the top 10 for both holidays for the first time. The Galapagos Islands rounded out the top five destinations for Christmas. Four-hundred ninety two different tours and activities have been booked across 163 destinations for Christmas while 276 tours and activities across 98 destinations are booked for New Year’s Eve.

The most popular worldwide destinations for Christmas tours booked at ARC MarketPlace are Rome (Christmas Eve dinner and mass at St Peter’s Basilica), Paris (Eiffel Tower dinner, Seine River cruise and Moulin Rouge show by minivan) and London (“London in One Day” sightseeing tour including Tower of London and Changing of the Guard).

The most popular worldwide destinations for New Year's Eve tours booked at ARC MarketPlace are Paris (New Year’s Eve Seine River cruise with four course dinner, wine and entertainment), London (New Year’s Eve river dinner cruise and fireworks display) and Queenstown, New Zealand (Milford Sound Mariner overnight cruise from Queenstown).

The top 10 worldwide Christmas bookings for 2016 are:

  1. Rome
  2. Paris
  3. London
  4. Maui
  5. Galapagos Islands
  6. Phoenix
  7. New York City
  8. Punta Cana
  9. Reykjavik
  10. Sydney

The top 10 worldwide New Year's Eve bookings for 2016 are:

  1. Paris
  2. London
  3. Queenstown
  4. Maui
  5. Sydney
  6. Auckland
  7. San Francisco
  8. Puerto Vallarta
  9. Reykjavik
  10. Florence

Notes for Editors:
*Booking Sales

  1. Results are based on sales booking purchased through ARC MarketPlace through November 30, 2016.
  2. Christmas travel includes December 22–27. New Year's Eve travel includes December 30–January 2.


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