Most read stories on TravelWeekly.com in 2016

Rendering of the overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean.
Rendering of the overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean.

TravelWeekly.com publishes thousands of articles and images a year. Here are the Top 10 as measured by the number of unique visitors to each article page. This year's list dealt with news about Zika, Mexico and product -- overwater bungalows, to be exact.

There was one surprising note in the middle: "Tourists can now purchase medical marijuana in Las Vegas -- is recreational next?" was apparently a big hit with readership.

A parallel report pulling the top articles by total page views yielded nearly the same results. Of note: Reports about Baha Mar, the Harmony of the Seas and a hotel in Norway set in a wildlife park that enables (monitored) encounters with wolves were the 11th, 12th and 13th most popular articles of the year by total views.

A map published by the Mexico Tourism Board showing the number of reported Zika cases in the country.
A map published by the Mexico Tourism Board showing the number of reported Zika cases in the country.

1) Mexico draws map indicating location of Zika cases

It's an effort to help travelers understand precisely where in Mexico cases of the Zika virus have been found -- and that they are not in the country's traditional resort areas.

2) Mexico updates map of locations of Zika cases
The Mexico Tourism Board in mid-April updated its map indicating where Zika has been reported in the country.

3) Sandals taking reservations for overwater suites at Jamaica resort
Prices start at $4,321 per night, double, for the Tahiti-style accommodations.

4) Mexico: Zika not a threat to tourists
Mexico's tourism agency cited the low number of cases in the country and the location of those cases -- in rural areas, not near the more popular tourist destinations.

5) Insight: One-on-one with tourism board director
Rodrigo Esponda, the Mexico Tourism Board's regional director for North America, offers his take on topics from Acapulco to Zika.

6) Insight: Tourists can now purchase medical marijuana in Las Vegas -- is recreational next?
It's been 15 years since Nevada voters approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana in the state, but it wasn't until August 24 that the first dispensary opened its doors in Clark County.

7) Agents redirect babymooners as Zika spreads
As concerns over the Zika virus mount with increasing reports about its spread and effects, travel agents are coming up with alternate plans for their clients.

8) Sandals Royal Bahamian closing for two months
The resort will close from Aug. 15 to Oct. 13 "due to circumstances beyond our control," according to a letter sent to travel agents.

9) Pilot shortage a growing problem in regional air service
Republic Airways, which operates Delta Connection, United Express and American Eagle flights, has experienced monthly cancellation rates as high as 9%, for example.

Drone image capturing construction on the Palafitos -- Overwater Bungalows at el Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma.
Drone image capturing construction on the Palafitos -- Overwater Bungalows at el Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma.

10) Karisma Hotels & Resorts offers first look at its overwater bungalows
Travel agents were given a first look at the overwater bungalows Karisma Hotels & Resorts plan to open in September at el Dorado Maroma.

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