SOURCE: Asia Transpacific Journeys

December 06, 2010 17:06 ET

Asia Transpacific Journeys Predicts Travel Trends in Asia/Pacific for 2011 and Beyond

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - December 6, 2010) - Asia Transpacific Journeys, the nation's leading tour company for custom journeys and small group trips to Asia and the Pacific, is forecasting travel trends for 2011 and beyond.

1. Sri Lanka is hot -- Arrivals to the country have increased 36%, and priceless cultural treasures, UNESCO World Heritage sites, fabulous off-shore islands and superb cuisine are awaiting travelers.

2. Travelers Want Authenticity -- Festivals provide authentic and eye-opening cultural experiences, such as a local festival in the Himalayas celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday or the Tumbuna Sing-Sing in Papua New Guinea.

3. Beyond Angkor Wat -- The ruins at Angkor are world famous, but stunning new discoveries continue to be uncovered in Cambodia like the Sambor Prei Kuk area.

4. Sabbaticals To Make a Difference -- Sabbaticals are an increasingly popular way to re-prioritize and help others, like helping at a literacy program in Laos or a soup kitchen in Delhi.

5. Travelers Want the "Human Touch" -- A counter-trend to online bookings, tours cannot be booked online due to the importance of the "human touch" for personalized travel arrangements.

6. Book Lover Trips -- With book groups all the rage, Asia Transpacific Journeys has organized trips based on books such as a Beyond the Sky and Earth based in Bhutan.

7. Luxury Resorts in Far Flung Places -- New luxury hotels in off-the-beaten-path destinations now allow travelers to escape to the exotic while still enjoying high-end luxury.

8. Vow Renewals on the Upswing -- This old favorite is returning as the baby boomers approach milestone anniversaries with many wanting to renew their vows in unique locales.

9. Art as a Defining Theme in Japan -- Avant-garde museums and wildly imaginative post-modern art has made Tokyo a world-class art destination providing a new way to explore this favorite city.

10. Expeditious Arrival and Departures -- With a multitude of international landings, Asia Transpacific Journeys forecasts a demand for meet and greet service in destinations such as Bangkok.

About Asia Transpacific Journeys

Asia Transpacific Journeys is the nation's leading Asia tour company specializing exclusively in custom journeys and small group trips to the Asia/Pacific region. Founded in 1987, no other company offers such expertise in the region. They are the travel company of choice for the American Museum of Natural History, the World Wildlife Foundation, and the Harvard, Princeton and Yale alumni associations.

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