Friday, 19 December 2003

Where's Hot, and Where's Not?

“The World’s Top 20 Destinations for Air Trekkers”
( news release, 18 December 2003)

Wanderlust is alive and well, according to complex international airfare specialists , with continued strong interest in travel to every major region of the world.

Following are the top 20 overseas destinations (outside the USA and Canada) requested by air trekkers, as measured by trips constructed on the Web site last month:

  1. London, UK
  2. Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Sydney, Australia
  4. Auckland, New Zealand
  5. Singapore
  6. Athens, Greece
  7. Hong Kong SAR, China
  8. Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. Cairo, Egypt
  11. Capetown, South Africa
  12. Johannesburg, South Africa
  13. Nadi, Fiji
  14. Brisbane, Australia
  15. Kathmandu, Nepal
  16. Mumbai (Bombay), India
  17. Papeete (Tahiti), French Polynesia
  18. Delhi, India
  19. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  20. Paris, France

“It’s easy to get the impression that no one is travelling abroad, or that no one is going to the Middle East, Africa, or Asia,” says Edward Hasbrouck, staff Travel Guru. “But that’s clearly not true. We’re seeing continued strong interest in all those regions.” Perennial favorites of independent travellers like Thailand, Egypt, India, and Nepal remain as welcoming, as wonderful, and as popular as ever. And after a brief downturn, Hong Kong has already returned to the top 10, with Beijing not far behind.

As for recent shifts in popularity of different regions, says the biggest trend is a major shift in interest from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern.

Right now, the South Pacific is the most popular region of the world, with 5 of the top 20 overseas destinations in Oceania compared with only 4 in Europe. Just keep in mind that this means flights to this part of the world are filling up much further in advance than usual, especially now as we head toward summer vacation season Down Under.

Other than ever-enchanting and infinitely diverse India, South Africa was the only country with two cities in the top twenty. And overall, not just with air trekkers, South Africa had the largest percentage increase in international visitor arrivals of any country in the world this year. (Nairobi, the most common gateway to East Africa, was not far behind at #24.)

The shift of travellers to more Southern destinations has also been apparent in the Americas. While only perennial favorite Rio de Janeiro made the top 20, Latin American cities showed rapidly growing popularity, with 4 others (Lima, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago de Chile; and São Paulo, Brazil) in the top 35.

Visitors to the Web site can customize their own multistop international trips and get instant online price estimates , unlike most Web sites that list only simple one-way and round-trip tickets, or a limited menu of packages. That gives a constant finger on the poularity pulse of destinations around the world.

Link | Posted by Edward on Friday, 19 December 2003, 09:36 ( 9:36 AM)

I'm pleased to read that right now, the South Pacific is the most popular region of the world. I quite agree that it's an excellent area to visit. Nadi, Fiji, number 13 on the list, should be number one. More on this at

Posted by: David Stanley, 23 March 2004, 09:52 ( 9:52 AM)
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