Santa Fe Gets Attention as Travel and Mobile Destination | Business
Tons of people want to visit Santa Fe and move to Santa Fe.
Ovation Travel Group has declared Santa Fe the 3rd largest travel location in the world in 2022, with Napa Valley being the only other city or region in the United States on a list of 22 global destinations.
Additionally, the Mayflower moving company determined that Santa Fe had the fourth highest percentage of inbound moves compared to outbound moves.
Ovation Travel Group has compiled the list for Forbes, who published the article “The 22 Best Places to Travel in 2022” on October 22.
Each entry had blurbs for ‘why visit’, ‘who should be going’ and ‘must see’.
“Santa Fe is one of the most historically significant cities in North America”, Forbes reported. “It is also the top-rated American destination on this list of the 22 best places to travel in 2022.”
“With a historic downtown, art galleries, Native American culture and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe has a lot to offer any traveler,” commented Jessica Levy, Ovation Luxury Travel Consultant.
Ovation has recommended couples, multigenerational families, and groups of friends to visit Santa Fe, and visitors shouldn’t miss the Santa Fe Opera House and Bishop’s Lodge, operated by Auberge Resorts Collection.
Auberge Resorts was launched in Napa Valley in 1985 and opened a renovated and expanded Bishop’s Lodge in July. It has another opening pending in Napa Valley at Stanley Ranch. The Auberge manages 22 luxury hotel complexes.
“I think the common thread between Napa and Santa Fe is that the luxury traveler seeks culture, art and the great outdoors,” said Mike Minchin, director of marketing at Auberge Resorts Collection.
Minchin said people who live on the east coast or just about anywhere else marvel not only at the scenery, but also at being minutes from the opera house, hundreds of restaurants and art galleries, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, fishing and a dozen native pueblos.
“When you sit at SkyFire (the restaurant at Bishop’s Lodge) and see the sun go down and watch the mountains, it’s a very moving and inspiring experience,” he said. “The beauty of the Santa Fe area is truly unmatched when you come from elsewhere. It’s extraordinary.”
Most of the tourist hotspots are not also hotspots. Santa Fe emerged as the # 4 metropolitan area in the United States with 74% of moving company Mayflower moves to Santa Fe rather than moving out of Santa Fe. Mayflower recorded 817 shipments moving to Santa Fe and 301 shipments out of Santa Fe from July 2019 through July 2021, the Mayflower customer survey period.
Santa Fe is just behind Sarasota, Florida; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Fort Myers-Cape Coral, Florida. Santa Fe is just ahead of Boise, the capital of Idaho, the # 1 state with the highest percentage of inbound traffic among the states.
Mayflower’s lists only include cities and states where Mayflower has moved at least 800 parts over two years, and the investigation only included people moving more than 300 miles.
“Santa Fe is atmospheric in a way that penetrates your bones, your psyche,” said Elaine Ritchel, Founder and Principal Guide of Santa Fe Art Tours. “It’s a small town with a huge presence. … I often describe living in New Mexico as being between the earth and the sky. It’s the setting for everything you hear about that makes Santa Fe unique: the adobe architecture, the winding streets, the incredible art scene.
Ed Pulsifer is the hospitality historian at La Fonda on the Plaza, where he worked 10 years out of his 37 years in the New Mexico hotel industry. Europe has 1,000 years of history in open exhibit, but Pulsifer says it’s completely different in Santa Fe.
“You are able to literally explore a thousand years of history and culture,” Pulsifer said. “Here, it’s a living story that still continues. It’s the same indigenous culture and the same Spanish culture for hundreds of years. These are unique influences that you don’t have anywhere else in the world. You can go to Bandelier and climb the ranks like they did hundreds of years ago.