Las Vegas: Honeymoon capital of the world

  • AFP
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2014 16:44 IST

The most popular honeymoon destination for international newlyweds isn’t on a secluded, tropical beach and doesn't boast watery, romantic sunsets. But it is home to a whole lot of Elvises and replicas of some of the most romantic cities in the world, including Paris and Venice.

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Yes, surprisingly and unsurprisingly, according to Facebook check-ins, Las Vegas has emerged as the top honeymoon destination for global couples. That trend dips, however, among US newlyweds.

For the report, honeymoon check-in figures were based on Facebook activity among couples who posted a marriage event in 2014 and checked into a new location within two weeks of their marriage date. Check-ins within 20 miles (32 km) of their homes were excluded.

The results of the report also found that of all countries, South Korean honeymooners travel the greatest distance to fete their nuptials, at a median trip of 4,000 miles (nearly 6,440 km) away from home.

Koreans are followed by Italian and Qatari couples.

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According to Facebook statistics, US couples, meanwhile, are more likely to take staycation honeymoons, as only 19 percent of Facebook couples checked-in to an international location.

After plotting out a graph of honeymoon destinations, the chart revealed that Spanish and Peruvian couples are the most intrepid, traveling distances of more than 12,000 miles (19,312 km) -- nearly the other side of the world.

The destination of choice among the most adventurous Spaniards is New Zealand, while Peruvian couples are partial to Thailand.

Here are the top destinations worldwide for global couples:
1. Las Vegas, USA
2. Lahaina, USA
3. Honolulu, USA
4. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
5. Cancún, Mexico
6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
7. Montego Bay, Jamaica
8. Antalya, Turkey
9. Castries, St. Lucia
10. Gramado, Brazil

Though Las Vegas is the most popular honeymoon destinations in the US, the rest of the list is dominated by Hawaii. Here are the top US honeymoon destinations:
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
3. Honolulu, O'ahu, Hawaii
4. Lihue, Kaua'i, Hawaii
5. Key West, Florida
6. Poipu, Kaua'i, Hawaii
7. Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
8. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
9. New York City, New York
10. Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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