Americans are starting to avoid popular southern beach destinations this summer amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Sun Belt states, said Stephen Kaufer, chief executive officer of TripAdvisor Inc.
“You look at the top searches and I think five or six of the top 10 a couple of weeks ago were all wonderful southern beaches,” Kaufer said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, pointing to states such as Texas and Florida. “But that switched. Everyone’s moving essentially up north, away from all these hot spots.”
Chicago, Las Vegas and Honolulu took over the top three trending destinations based on searches on TripAdvisor in the week of June 28. A week earlier, Miami Beach, San Diego and Key West, Florida, held the top spots.
Even New York City, the epicenter of the initial wave of the outbreak in the country, gained popularity as the number of new cases there stayed low. The Big Apple joined the Top 10 U.S. destinations searched in the week of June 28, and outranked almost all Florida and California cities.
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