Isle travel rankings improve in survey
Kauai is added back to the top-10 list of U.S. destinations by Carlson Wagonlit
Kauai has regained its standing as a top U.S. travel destination this year, according to a survey released yesterday by Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates.
The island again joins Honolulu and Maui in the top 10 domestic travel destinations in the annual 2007 fall travel trends survey, after being bumped off the list in 2005.
The survey, which polled 390 Carlson Wagonlit travel employees from July 24 through Aug. 17, kept Honolulu at third and Maui at fourth, while Kauai regained its 2005 ranking as the eighth most popular travel destination in the country.
The state rankings improved although tourism numbers continued to decline through the first six months of the year, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
Las Vegas took the top spot in the survey, followed by Orlando, Fla. Both locations have held those rankings for at least four years.
The Caribbean, Mexico and Italy had the survey's top international destinations. The Mediterranean saw the biggest jump -- climbing seven spots to fifth. Nationally, Ft. Myers, Fla., dropped the most, from eighth to 16th.
Top U.S. destinations
Followed by last year's ranking and percentage of agents who voted for the location.
|| % of Agents
|1. Las Vegas (1)
|2. Orlando, Fla. (2)
|3. Honolulu (3)
|4. Kahului, Maui (4)
|5. New York City (5)
|6. San Francisco (6)
|7. Phoenix, Ariz. (7)
|8. Lihue, Kauai (11)
|9. Miami, Fla. (9)
|10. Anaheim, Calif. (11)
Source: Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates Fall 2007 survey