Tuesday, December 28, 2010
'Philippines one of top holiday hotspots for 2011'
MANILA, Philippines - An Australian travel website considers the country as one of the must-see destinations next year, primarily because of its untapped pristine beaches.
Travel.com.au has released a list of top holiday hotspots and airlines for 2011, citing travel trends and statistics. Other countries included in the list are Brazil, India, United States and New Zealand.
"While affordable airfares and its rich culture were the key factors for Brazil's selection, interest in India continues to rise as well as the Philippines, which is becoming increasingly popular due to the political unrest in Thailand and its untapped beaches," reportednews.com.au.
The Australian travel website is also expecting a change in holiday patterns as travelers start to book months in advance to get cheap seats. Among the carriers to watch out for in 2011 are Singapore Airlines, V Australia, Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Thai International Airlines and Korean Airlines.
A small Philippine island was recently named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the world's most romantic travel spots. Pamalican island, more popularly known as Amanpulo, is said to provide couples with "luxurious seclusion" with its 40 pitched-roof traditional villas and a pristine beach with sand "so white it's blinding."
Other islands that made it in Travel and Leisure Magazine's list are Rangali Island in Maldives, Santorini in Greece, and Harbour Island in Bahamas, among others.
Aside from Amanpulo, other popular tourist destinations in the Philippines include Boracay island, Bohol, Camarines Sur and Ilocos. A recent Boracay visitor is Mark Salling who plays "Puck" in the hit TV musical series "Glee."
Photo of Amanpulo courtesy of amanresorts.com