Leading tour operator Kuoni has released its Travel Trends Report 2013 and it reveals that hand-picked hideaways, secluded villas, pampering hotels and private islands are the order of the day.
Destinations spanning the exotic Far East and Africa, magical Indian Ocean, and colourful USA, Caribbean and Mexico, are also set to be a hit in 2013.
These long-haul destinations have constant appeal but one destination reigns supreme over all others, for the second year running, and that is the magical islands of the Maldives.
The Maldives is currently Kuoni’s top-selling destination for 2013.
The appeal of this archipelago of paradise islands is clear: the warm Indian Ocean is home to some 1,200 idyllic islands that offer the ultimate island hideaway.
This success has been recognised by the World Travel Awards, which will host its annual Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony in the Maldives in April.
Overall, the ten top selling destinations for 2013 are the Maldives, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the USA, UAE, Mauritius, Malaysia, Barbados, Singapore and St Lucia.
The Report predicts that Vietnam will rise in popularity and although outside the Top 10 Holiday destinations chart this year, will fulfill its potential, fuelled by a greater choice of flights and some exciting new beach options for those that love the Far East.
Figures in Kuoni’s 2013 Travel Trends Reports are based on multiple sources, namely statistics from booking patterns made between January to December 2012 for holidays during 2012 and 2013, actual passenger numbers, customer behaviour and feedback.
All this data is then analysed by Kuoni’s market manager’s global insight.
The Report’s 2013 figures are based on holiday bookings made up until December 2012.
Kuoni has been undertaking this annual Travel Trends Report since 1980.