Travellers seek value
IPSWICH travellers planning a trip for 2011 are searching for value for money, as well as satisfying experiences, when they plan holiday destinations.
The strength of the Australian dollar is making overseas travel a more attractive prospect.
In recent months, Flight Centre Riverlink has found the most popular travel hotspots are in Asia, particularly Thailand and Bali, the US and New Zealand.
While the Christmas holiday period is always a busy season, Flight Centre reported year-round travel activity.
Popular guidebook producer Lonely Planet chose the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands as one of the world’s top 10 regions for 2011.
The region ranked seventh in the new Best in Travel 2011 book released last November.
The top 10 countries to visit this year are Albania, Brazil, Cape Verde, Panama, Bulgaria, Vanuatu, Italy, Tanzania, Syria and Japan.
Ten cities got the Lonely Planet’s tick of approval – New York City, Tangier, Tel Aviv, Wellington, Valencia, Iquitos, Ghent, Delhi, Newcastle and Chiang Mai.
Bangladesh scored top spot in the “best value destinations”.