Iceland courtesy: Goway Travel

USTOA, (US Tour Operators Association) which has a largely baby-boomer clientele, (51 years of age & older) is identifying its travel trends for the new year.

Iceland was named top emerging or “off-the-beaten-path” destination for 2018, moving to the top spot from second in last year’s member survey.

Vietnam courtesy: Avanti Destinations

Colombia followed in second, with Vietnam named as third.

Spain courtesy: Gate 1 Travel

When asked for the five most popular or “hot” international destinations for travelers in 2018, tour operator members named Australia, Spain, Iceland and Italy (tied for third), France, and Japan.

Japan courtesy: Shutterstock

On the domestic front, USTOA members forecast California, Florida and Hawaii (tied for second), New York, Alaska and Nevada (tied for fourth) and Washington DC as the most popular U.S. destinations for clients in 2018.

Great Barrier Reef courtesy: Elizabeth Carlson

Members were also asked to name the destinations/sites most “at risk” from disappearing (from over-tourism, climate change or other factors) that travelers should see now.

The top three chosen were Antarctica, Cuba and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Arts and culture, adventure, family, and culinary were cited as the most popular travel categories for passengers by survey participants.