Pictured: India scoops top Asian destination
Travelzoo’s UK managing director says its top destinations awards will help travel agents wow customers with up-and-coming and more exotic holiday locations.
Joel Brandon-Bravo said the emergence of places like Costa Rice and Cape Verde as alternative getaways was shown in the results of the global deals publisher’s annual awards.
For the first time, Costa Rica was voted top Central American destination, ahead of traditional powerhouse Mexico. It also came third in the most inspiring destination category, behind Fiji and winner New Zealand.
“By sharing information with travel agents, it helps them work out deals to put together and what destinations to focus on,” said Brandon-Bravo.
“Our results give agents the sense of what’s up-and-coming. It’s a fairly good cross-section formed from a focus group who love to travel and the trade tends to find it quite useful.”
A total of 1,239 people were polled in the third instalment of the annual awards.
Italy retained its position as best short-haul destination and top European getaway, while the USA celebrated wins in the top North America category, New York bagging the most sought after city break and the Grand Canyon voted most iconic landmark.
India pipped Japan in the top Asian destination, Peru won its first top South American destination while Argentina made it into the top three for the first time.
Saint Lucia was voted best Caribbean destination ahead of Barbados.
Brandon-Bravo added that Travelzoo trends show holidaymakers are looking more long-haul.
He put it down to traditional resorts such as Spain, Greece and Portugal being fully-booked – and commanding higher prices – after security issues in emerging destinations like Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt slowed their growth.