Posted at 2:44 PM on January 17, 2012
by Paul Tosto
Stories today of Minnesotans aboard the ship wrecked Costa Concordia got us looking for data on where and how Minnesotans travel abroad.
We got some figures from Kathy Gerhardt at Travel Leaders Group, a Plymouth-based company with franchises across the country. representing roughly 30 percent of U.S. travel agencies.
Gerhardt sent us survey data on the top international destinations being booked by Minnesota Travel Leaders for 2012. Agents were asked to name up to five top destinations they've been booking for 2012; 61 owners, managers and agents from across the state responded.
It's not exact, but the chart suggests it's not that uncommon to find Minnesotans on a Mediterranean cruise.
|Rank||Top Int'l Destinations (Minnesota)|
|2||CRUISE - Caribbean||41%|
|3||Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya, Mexico||39%|
|6||Punta Cana, Dominican Republic||21%|
|7||CRUISE - Europe (Mediterranean)||18%|
|8||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico||16%|
|10 (tie)||Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico||13%|
|10 (tie)||Florence and/or Tuscany, Italy||13%|
|12 (tie)||Barcelona, Spain||12%|
|12 (tie)||Montego Bay, Jamaica||12%|
|14 (tie)||Ixtapa, Mexico||10%|
|14 (tie)||London, England||10%|