Gemma Bowes of The Guardian released a report today on the hottest destinations and travel trends of 2012, as well as projections for 2013. Some finds include:
- Popular Destinations: While new tours began launching in Burma in 2012 after the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Sri Lanka continued to grow as a popular tourism destination from last year.
- As the Rio Olympics in 2016 approaches, Brazil will become increasingly popular. Moreover, as many travelers check Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos off their bucket lists, they will begin to head further east to places like Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
- Inspired by this year’s Olympics in London, travelers began to take more active vacations. This is expected to continue and grow into 2013 with running trips, trekking vacations and cycling journeys.
- In terms of film, “The Rum Diary” had travelers flocking to Puerto Rico while “Skyfall” made Istanbul a popular getaway. In 2013, New Zealand is projected to be a popular destination thanks to the launch of “The Hobbit,” while Long Island will most likely see a surge in tourism due to the “Great Gatsby.”
To read more past and projected travel trends, head to The Guardian