Top 5 Luxury Emerging Destinations
2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report: Top 5 Emerging Destinations
The latest Virtuoso Luxe Report shows travel in 2019 will be highly personalized and inspired by a desire to experience new destinations in unusual ways.
Every year global luxury travel network Virtuoso surveys its industry-leading force of travel agencies and advisors in 50 countries to forecast what the coming year will bring. The Luxe Report, which has established Virtuoso as a trusted trend predictor, unveils consumer preferences in high-end and experiential travel.
Virtuoso’s affiliated travel advisors revealed client requests that illustrate the desire for a deeper level of personalization and one-of-a-kind experiences. From specific seat numbers on planes and hotel room numbers to particular rental car types, travelers are more vocal about their precise preferences. Nothing is left to chance, as increasingly clients ask for prearranged meals and appointments. They are seeking not just restaurant reservations, but exact tables at in-demand hot spots as well as pre-ordering wine to accompany the meal.
Exploring new destinations is the prevailing travel motivator for 2019, and Japan tops the list of emerging destinations for the first time, having previously finished third and fifth in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Let’s take a peek at the top 5 luxury emerging destinations:
Top 5 Luxury Emerging Destinations
#1 – Japan
Walk hand-in-hand beneath cherry blossom trees in the spring, or slalom down the Japan Alps in the winter. Dance ‘til dawn in Tokyo’s rollicking clubs, or bask in a hot-spring spa. Immerse yourself in history at Kyoto’s 17th century Katsura Imperial Villa and gardens, and tour the Jishu Shrine, dedicated to the god of love. For an unforgettable experience, scale Mount Fuji by night (July-August), and see the sunrise from Japan’s tallest peak.
To see hundreds of curated experiences we have for you in Japan: CLICK HERE.
#2 – Croatia
Since joining the EU and appearing in scenes from “Game of Thrones”, Croatia has been basking in the spotlight. Walk along Dubrovnik’s city walls, overlooking the sapphire blue Adriatic. In seaside Split, wander the ancient Roman streets of Diocletian’s Palace, dating to 300 AD. Head to the Istrian Peninsula for more beaches, fishing villages, vineyards, and olive groves, or inland to Zagreb, a cultural capital with more than two dozen museums.
To see hundreds of curated experiences we have for you in Croatia: CLICK HERE.
#3 – Iceland
As the name implies, Iceland has plenty of ice. With 4,500 miles of glacier, there’s ample opportunity for guided hikes and ice climbs. It’s also home to the Þríhnúkagígur crater, offering the chance to enter a magma chamber big enough to fit the Statue of Liberty. For an overview of Iceland’s diversity, visit Vatnajökull National Park, the largest in Europe, where you’ll find more glaciers, the Öræfajökull volcano, and Iceland’s tallest peak.
To see hundreds of curated experiences we have for you in Iceland: CLICK HERE.
#4 – Portugal
Portugal’s Douro Valley vineyards have served as the center of the port-wine industry for 400 years. But look beyond the bottom of your glass to discover the cliffs and beaches of the Algarve, the waterfalls and lakes of Peneda-Geres National Park, the gorges and peaks of Madeira, and the maze-like Moorish alleys of Lisbon. Feast on traditionally salted codfish, or ply waters teaming with sea bass, grouper, and salmon for your own fresh catch.
To see hundreds of curated experiences we have for you in Portugal: CLICK HERE.
#5 – Egypt
The conventional tourism spots can be very busy. Therefore, a travel advisor will be able to help you get to the front of the line. A personalized approach is more effective, as well as more off-the-beaten-path destinations such as Khan Ali-Kalili (Cairo’s biggest open market), Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein (a sacred Islamic site), and Islamic-Cairo.
To see hundreds of curated experiences we have for you in Egypt: CLICK HERE.
If you asked me which of these emerging destinations was at the top of my bucket list, I would list Japan as well.
As you can see from the photograph at the very top, Carol has been to Japan on a whirlwind incentive trip that we won back a couple of years ago. But, I’ve never been and she would like to go back at a slower pace.
Don’t be surprised if we put together a trip to Japan in the near future and invite you to come along with us. Sound fun? 🙂
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