CHICAGO, Ill. — iExplore (www.iExplore.com) announced today the list of Top Ten World Travel Destinations as determined by the vacation purchases of its adventure and experiential travelers. Egypt held on to its top position for the third straight year, and the rest of the top 10 was largely unchanged from 2006.
iExplore founder and CEO, George Deeb, said “We continue to see heavy demand for the man-made and natural wonders of the world, as evidenced by the destinations on this list.”
Founded in 1999, iExplore is the leading website for adventure and experiential travel, serving over 1,000,000 visitors per month. iExplore offers hundreds of made-to-order, guided tours that visit the farthest corners of the earth, particularly the man-made and natural wonders of the world. iExplore services its clients through an expert staff of adventure consultants at 1-800-IEXPLORE and online at http://www.iExplore.com.
iExplore has been named the “Best Adventure Travel Website” by Forbes Magazine, Travel & Leisure Magazine and Time Magazine, and powers adventure trips for many leading travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Travel Channel, and Concierge.com.
2007 Rank 2006 Rank 1 EGYPT 1 2 SOUTH AFRICA 3 3 CHINA 5 4 ANTARCTICA 2 5 PERU 4 6 GALAPAGOS 12 7 THAILAND 8 8 COSTA RICA 11 9 TANZANIA 6 10 INDIA 7
Other destinations showing strong growth in 2007 included Venezuela (#13), Jordan (#16), Nepal (#17) and Morocco (#18). Bumped from last year’s top ten were Italy (#26) and Argentina (#21). These movements largely reflect emerging destinations like Venezuela, stabilizing political situations like Nepal and the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, impacting demand to Italy and the rest of Europe.