leading luxury travel network has ranked Vietnam second on its list of
up-and-coming travel destination in 2010, according to a report released
Asian and Latin locations rose to the top of the list of potentially popular
destinations in 2010, released Monday by Virtuoso. India took the number-one
Cuba is also among the top three "emerging destinations", followed by the
Galapagos Islands, China and Chile.
report was based on expert feedback from travel providers and advisors. It
reflects booking trends and new travel destinations in comparison with 2009, and
forecasts the travel aspirations of the most wealthy US travelers.
"Although favorites such as Italy and Australia appear on this year's list of
popular vacation locations, the results point to new interest in emerging
destinations such as India, Vietnam and Cuba, the latter of which is revealing,
given the current US restrictions," Virtuoso CEO Matthew D. Upchurch was quoted
as saying in a press release.
Italy was ranked the most popular international destination and the most popular
destination for family travel.
report suggested the demand for professional travel advisors as high-end clients
seek more personalized services.
survey also found that private villa rentals were booming, with 41 percent of
the feedback saying that this sector would grow in 2010 as wealthy travelers
prefer connecting with loved ones in private group settings.
Virtuoso employs more than 6,000 elite travel specialists at more than 300
agencies in 22 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia
and New Zealand. The group generates over US$5.1 billion every year in travel
sales, making it the most powerful in the luxury travel segment.