Global travel search engine Skyscanner has announced the …
Top 10 destinations for 2015
Flight searches from Australia for this emerging country were up 56 per cent with many luxury hotel brands rushing to move in. By 2017, Hilton Group plan to have five new hotels, while Shangri-La Group, Pan Pacific Hotels Groups and Best Western are all in planning stages.
This party island in Greece is experiencinga revival thanks to it becoming back in vogue with celebrities and famous DJs. Naomi Campbell, Ronaldo and Lindsay Lohan were all spotted on this Greek paradise this year and it’s being promoted as the cheaper, more fun version of Ibiza.3. Iceland
Flight searches to Iceland are up 32 per cent by Australians thanks to its incredible natural landscape. It’s home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes and geothermal springs. There has also been a major increase in solar activity, with the Aurora Borealis (more commonly known as the Northern Lights) predicted to be particularly spectacular in 2015.
The FIFA World Cup placed Brazil firmly back on the tourist map and Australian searches for flights here are up a whopping 45 per cent.5. Panama
Improvements in infrastructure and an increased frequency of flights from Europe and North America are making Panama a more attractive destination. Hotels including the Hilton and Ritz Carlton have recently opened aimed at attracting the luxury traveller.6. New Caledonia
This tiny and remote island archipelago, 3200 kilometres off the East coast of Australia with a population of just 246,000, enjoyed a heyday as a cheap-and-cheerful package destination for Aussie mass-market tourists until the mid-2000s.
It’s currently on the rise again with the former French colony undergoing a major change of personality that will see it re-emerge as an up-market niche hotspot for wealthy eco-travellers.7. Seoul, South Korea
With the world’s appetite for Korean popular culture (the Korean Wave) showing no signs of abating since the world went crazy for Gangham style two years ago, Seoul is seeing its popularity as a tourist magnet soar.
A budget hotel building boom and an established role as China’s favourite duty-free store to the mix, marks Seoul as a hot travel ticket in 2015.8. Colombo, Sri Lanka
With amazing cuisine, beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, Colombo has been earning itself a well-deserved reputation as a top destination for international travellers.
Australians appear to catching on quickly as flight searches increased 19 per cent. With Sri Lanka’s first film festival in 2014, ongoing restoration of its colonial architecture, a variety of new hotel openings and casinos planned, it is predicted that Colombo’s appeal is set to soar in 2015.9. Nicaragua
Shaking its reputation for political strife, Nicaragua is giving Brazil a run for its money, with flight searches up a huge 48 per cent. Eco-tourism, adventure travel, budget travel and luxury tourism are all gaining ground with Mukal, the country’s first 5 star hotel opening in 2013.10. Okinawa, Japan
A chain of thousands of subtropical islands stretching 1,000km across the South China Sea from the southwest tip of Japan almost to Taiwan, this beautiful and varied archipelago has remained a tourist paradise known only to the locals.
But a string of new luxury hotels, linked to tales of world-class diving, unspoilt jungle, pure white beaches, UNESCO heritage sites, and a fascinating and ancient culture and cuisine, will make Okinawa a magnet for Australian travellers in 2015.Skyscanner’s Dave Boyte said the findings were exciting for travellers.
“Skyscanner’s more than 30 million searches to the site every month worldwide means we can predict with some confidence the kind of travel trends we’ll see in 2015. We have also conducted further research looking at other factors that stimulate interest in a destination, like festivals, new hotels and infrastructure improvements. The result is a robust picture of the hottest destinations for Aussies next year and hopefully something to inspire travellers around the country.”
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