ADVENTURE TOURISM ON THE RISE FOR IRISH HOLIDAYMAKERS

Travel Counsellors Reveal Top 10 Long and Short Haul Booking Lists for 2020

Adventure tourism was the biggest trend for those booking holidays in January 2020, replacing the traditional ‘fly and flop’ trip according leading premium travel specialists, Travel Counsellors.

A dramatic rise in the popularity of soft adventure, such as trekking, safari, skiing and surfing, saw January travel bookings to South Africa increase 158% on the same period last year, while New Zealand was up 106%.

Travel Counsellors, who released their annual Top 10 List of Long and Short Haul Bookings. Speaking on the Top 10 List, General Manager of Travel Counsellors Ireland, Cathy Burke said:

“Last year South Africa was in sixth place on our Top 10 List of Long Haul Bookings, this year it is third. The country was ninth in the standings in 2018, so it seems that the adventure tourism of South Africa, with its untamed wilderness and scenic beauty, has won over Irish holidaymakers. We have requests in from people looking to zip-line over the Koekedouw River, snorkel with seahorses in the famed Knysna lagoon, and safari at Kruger National Park. South Africa really does offer a soft adventure option for people of all ages.”

“New Zealand is another country in which we have seen a rapid rise in bookings in January. It is an adventurer’s paradise with opportunities to try activities like scuba diving, hot air ballooning and rock climbing; especially in adrenaline-packed Queenstown. It is a stunning country and New Zealand is sitting just outside our Top 10 List despite such a surge in bookings.”

The top two rankings for 2020 long-haul bookings of USA and Mexico remained unchanged on 2019 for Travel Counsellors. They were followed by South Africa, Vietnam, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Canada, Mauritius and Thailand. Other destinations that saw a significant increase in bookings included Jamaica , Malaysia, Brazil and Tanzania.

On the top European destinations list, Spain took first place yet again, while Italy, Portugal, Greece and newcomer Finland rounded out the remaining top five slots.

Top 10 Long Haul

  1. USA
  2. Mexico
  3. South Africa
  4. Vietnam
  5. Australia
  6. United Arab Emirates
  7. Indonesia
  8. Canada
  9. Mauritius
  10. Thailand

Top 5 Europe

  1. Spain
  2. Italy
  3. Portugal
  4. Greece
  5. Finland

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