SOURCE: Cheapflights UK

February 03, 2010 12:12 ET

Cheapflights UK Unwraps Choco-Holidays

Calling All Chocoholics, Unwrap Your Sweet Tooth (and Your Partner) in the World's Chocolatiest Destinations This Valentine's

LONDON--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - Research shows that the UK's sweet tooth sweetened for Cadbury's chocolate by 5.9 percent in 2009,* as did overall chocolate sales in destinations like China (18 percent increase) and the Ukraine (12 percent increase).**

Cheapflights UK, the UK's leading website in price search and comparison, is indulging chocolate lovers this Valentine's by combining their love for sugar with a love for travel in destinations to melt every heart's desire.

"Chocolate and flowers are a long standing tradition when it comes to romance, so teaming them with travel to destinations featuring all manner of things chocolate including chocolate museums should prove a sweet package for your sweetheart this Valentine's," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights UK.

The top 5 chocolate destinations this February 14th are:

(1) Belgium 115 percent rise

(2) Guatemala 63 percent rise

(3) Lebanon 42 percent rise

(4) New Zealand 39 percent rise

(5) Ghana 18 percent rise

Percentage increases pertain to search comparing January 2010 against January 2009

With chocolate sales on the rise around the world, it's no surprise that Belgium is ringing in at number one in search for this time of year. Producing 172,000 tons of chocolate per year,*** it is counted as one of Europe's top two chocolate destinations and houses chocolate museums, factories, and festivals. To witness the sweet stuff in all its glory, visit the Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate complete with glass cases housing the moulds of chocolates past.

If you're in the mood for something exotic, Guatemala is the place to go. It might seem a bit random for a choco-holiday, but historically Mayans used chocolate as a trading currency, and considered it as valuable as gold. Today, it is still treated as such making it very high in quality with their chilli infused hot chocolate officially recognised as some of the best in the world. So grab yourself a cuppa and go visit the Guatemala National Museum for a glimpse of the famous Chocolate Vase.

Lebanon serves as another unexpected choco-destination and as it's mostly noted for sweets like Baklava, but the country also offers up famous chocolatiers like Patchi, whose shop in downtown Beirut is practically a museum in itself. The chocolate is top quality, but you may not want to unwrap it as the packaging is literally an art form. Each individual chocolate is specially wrapped into whichever shape, size or occasion the customer requires -- when it comes to design, the sky is the limit here.

For an extended Valentine's break, chocolate lovers should go the distance and head to New Zealand where the Cadbury factory houses Cadbury World complete with themed displays, product samplings and a five storey high chocolate fall oozing with melted sweetness. This is a real life version of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.'

The last chocolate stop is Africa, possibly the most unlikely destination of all for chocoholics, but it shouldn't be. According to reports, the continent produces 70 percent of the world's chocolate with Ghana in particular serving as the perfect destination to represent Africa's love of chocolate. While it may not offer choco-museums, it has plenty of other attractions in the way of beautiful beaches and pristine wildlife for lovers to enjoy as they munch on interesting chocolate flavours such as lemon, ground nut, and coffee flavour.

To start planning your chocolate themed Valentine's break now, search and compare flights to any of these destinations by visiting Cheapflights UK.




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