TORONTO — G Adventures has gazed into its crystal globe to pick its five hottest destination travel trends for travellers in 2014.
Looking at growth figures, demand and market trends, the leading small-group adventure tour operator has identified Indonesia, Ecuador, Morocco, Turkey and Rwanda as places that will draw travellers looking for exciting new experiences this year.
Indonesia – Indonesia has seen solid growth for travellers looking to venture beyond Bali. The tour operator has doubled departures on existing trips and launched seven new trips in Indonesia for 2014, including Classic trip Best of Java priced from $1,199pp for a nine-day trip from Jakarta to Sanur.
Ecuador – G Adventures saw a 53% increase in growth year-on-year for mainland trips in Ecuador, a country often overshadowed by its own Galapagos Islands. The tour operator increased its capacity in the Galapagos in 2013, but in 2014 it turns its focus to mainland trips, following the huge success of its Local Living: Ecuador Amazon Jungle trip in 2013. New trips for 2014 include the Comfort trip Ecuador, Amazon and Hot Springs which is priced from $2,059pp for a nine-day trip, Quito return.
Morocco – G Adventures experienced a 159% increase in trips to Morocco in 2013 and is predicting to double growth yet again in 2014. As well as increasing departures it has introduced new trips such as Comfort trip Morocco, Sahara and Beyond priced from $2,599pp for a 15-day trip from Casablanca to Marrakech.
Turkey – Turkey has emerged as another solid alternative for travellers looking for culture and sun in the wake of the troubles in the Middle East, and its government has ambitious tourist targets in the build-up to the celebration of 100 years of the Republic in 2023. G Adventures is reporting a 42% increase year-on-year for travellers to Turkey and as a result the operator has introduced four new Turkish trips for 2014, including Sailing Turkey – Fetihye to Bodrum where travellers can sail the Turkish Riviera as a new way of seeing an old place.
Rwanda – Re-emerging destination Rwanda has been given a helping hand with the introduction of an East Africa cross-border visa for travel to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, making it possible for visitors to travel to all three countries on one visa. The joint visa costs US$100 and launched this month. To coincide G Adventures has launched its first-ever trip to Rwanda. The nine-day Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla and Chimp Adventure is priced from $4,999pp including permits for gorilla, monkey and chimpanzee treks and all national park fees, with visits to the genocide memorial and lunch at Hotel Rwanda.
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