Monday, 16 November 2009

Delhi amongst top 10 spots in BA list for 2010

British Airways has come out with list of top 10 destinations for 2010. Landmark sporting events such as the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will influence the travel calendar in 2010, according to British Airways.

A growing trend towards eco-tourism puts Stockholm on the map, while Istanbul is expected to be one of the most visited European destinations in recognition of its recent title of ‘European City Of Culture’.

BA head of UK and Ireland sales Richard Tams said: “Customers recognize that there’s a world of opportunity out there – from tiger safari in India, to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Nearly half a million supporters are expected to visit South Africa during the FIFA World Cup in June. With Cape Town home to stunning beaches, mountains, vineyards and the Cape Town Stadium, it’s sure to be a popular base for fans.

Sue Botes, BA commercial manager in South Africa, says: “Cape Town has always been a popular destination, we expect the World Cup to push it to the top of the long haul league table as the best place to be in 2010. We are already preparing for the event and have additional flights in place, as well as our local carrier Comair to connect fans to destinations around the republic.”

2. Istanbul

3. Las Vegas

4. Vancouver

5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

6. Dubrovnik

7. New York

8. Stockholm

Recently voted the best city in the world to live in, Stockholm has become the model city for others to follow. Europe’s epicenter of biodiversity and ecology will celebrate its official title of ‘European Green Capital’ in 2010, making it a popular choice for eco-tourists.

9. The Maldives

One of the hottest destinations for holiday makers and honeymooners in 2010. Collections of coral reefs boast unrivaled facilities for diving, while the picture postcard beaches offer chill-out bliss to the maximum.

10. Delhi

Thanks to the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, and growing trend for ‘tiger safari’, nearby destinations Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Kanha National Park provide another reason to get off the beaten track and visit Delhi in 2010. Judy Jarvis, BA regional commercial manager South Asia, said: "There has never been a better time to visit India. Next year marks two special occasions - 80 years of British Airways flying to India and the first time Delhi will host the Commonwealth Games. With 45 weekly flights to five destinations, we offer an unrivalled service."


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