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Agents: Hawaiian isle the No. 2 U.S. travel destination

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  • Fleming Beach Park, which was named America’s best beach in May 2006 in an annual list by international beach expert Stephen Leatherman, or “Dr. Beach.” Fleming is a mile-long crescent white sand beach on Maui’s western shore featuring spectacular views of the ocean and the rugged shores of Molokai. (AP Photo/Stephen Leatherman)

Of all the islands in all the archipelagoes in all the world, Maui is the second-most desired destination for 2016, behind Orlando, Fla., and ahead of Alaska cruises.

According to an analysis of travel-booking professionals released today, the difference between the three travel choices is a slight six-tenths of a percentage point.

More than 1,300 U.S.-based travel agency owners, managers and others within the Travel Leaders Group survey, were asked about destinations being booked for the coming year, among other questions.

Honolulu ranked sixth behind No. 5, Las Vegas.

Hawaii island ranks at No. 13 for the coming year, with cruises to the Big Island at No. 14. Kauai ranks 19th, behind Anchorage, Alaska and Atlanta, Georgia, which are tied for 17th.

A year ago, Orlando was ranked second to first-place Alaska cruises, with Maui coming in third.

In fact, Maui has been ranked No. 2, 3, 4 or 5 since at least 2005, according to Travel Leaders Group.

The 2016 survey took place between Nov. 17 and Dec. 8.

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