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Ingen norske blant topp-ti-destinasjonene for 2010

Pressemelding   •   des 11, 2009 09:12 CET

British Airways egne reiseeksperter har kåret de ti viktigste reisemålene for 2010. Ingen norske byer blir vurdert som spennende nok. Stockholm er den eneste Skandinaviske byen som når opp blant de utvalgte. Cape Town er årets reisemål.
– Jeg elsker Norge; Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø og ikke minst fjordene på Vestlandet. Men i år har våre reiseeksperter vektlagt store sportsbegivenheter som fotball-VM, vinter-OL og Commonwealth Games, da kommer Norge til kort , sier Peter Rasmussen, sjef for British Airways i Nord-Europa.
Hvert år kårer reiseeksperter i British Airways de viktigste reisedestinasjonene for året. Øverst på listen for 2010 troner Cape Town. Millionbyen vil ta i mot over en halv million supportere bare i løpet av fotball-VM, og vil merke en enorm pågang gjennom sommermånedene.
Istanbul, kulturhovedstad og Europavinner
Bak Cape Town finner vi Istanbul, offisiell kulturhovedstad i 2010. Juryen begrunner valget med at Istanbul tilbyr et stort utvalg aktiviteter og severdigheter til rimelige og familievennige priser.
De neste plassene tar Las Vegas, som i tillegg til å være verdens gamblinghovedstad er i ferd med å posisjonere seg som en familiedestinasjon; Vancouver, vertsnasjon for vinter-OL i februar og mars; og Punta Cana, en skjult skatt av en kystby i den Dominikanske republikk.
Øko-reising setter Stockholm på kartet
Bland de resterende byene finner vi Adriaterhavets perle, Dubrovnik, gjengangerne New York, Maldivene og New Dehli, og noe overraskende Stockholm.
– Juryens valg av Stockholm begrunnes med svenskenes vilje til å satse på miljøet. 2010 vil se en økning i antall øko-turister, og med Stockholm titulert som ‘European Green Capital 2010’, er også Skandinavia inne på listen over neste års viktigste reisedestinasjoner , sier Rasmussen.
Nordmenn lar seg lokke av sportsbegivenheter
BA-sjefen tror nordmenns fotballvaner vil prege reiseåret 2010. Han mener vi vil se en økning i antall reisende til både Cape Town og Vancouver gjennom vinter- og sommermånedene. Han tror likevel at nordmenn vil fortsette å velge vante destinasjoner blant sine feriebyer.
– London og New York slår aldri feil. Også i 2010 vil disse trone øverst blant reisefavorittene, fastslår Rasmussen, som selv har New York øverst på listen av de ti .
For mer informasjon, kontakt
Peter Rasmussen, Tlf: (+45) 405 81 117
Regional Commercial Manager Northern Europe British Airways, E-post: peter.rasmussen@ba.com
Espen Skoland, Tlf: 959 39 083
Presseansvarlig British Airways i Norge, E-post: esk@geelmuyden-kiese.no
TOP TI DESTINASJONER FOR 2010 – BESKRIVELSE (ENG.)
1.Cape Town, South Africa
Nearly half a million supporters are expected to visit South Africa during the FIFA World Cup in June. With Cape Town home to stunning beaches, mountains, vineyards and the Cape Town Stadium, it’s sure to be a popular base for fans.
Sue Botes, British Airways’ commercial manager in South Africa, says: “Cape Town has always been a popular destination, we expect the World Cup to push it to the top of the longhaul league table as the best place to be in 2010. We are already preparing for the event and have additional flights in place, as well as our local carrier Comair to connect fans to destinations around the republic.”
2.Istanbul, Turkey
As European Capital of Culture for 2010, Istanbul is Europe’s hotspot in the New Year. Offering great value for money and a huge variety of things to see and do - from beaches and bazaars to the breathtaking Bosphorus. Secret music gigs, rooftop bars and underground clubs dominate the social scene for the party-hard locals.
3.Las Vegas, USA
The film ‘The Hangover’ has rekindled our love affair with the entertainment capital of the world. Not just a haven for partying – Las Vegas is firmly established as a family friendly destination with everyone from U2 to Cirque de Soleil performing on the famous strip. BA’s newly launched route now means greater connectivity to the bright lights and glamour of America’s most iconic swinging city.
4.Vancouver, Canada
Already a must-go destination for skiing and snowboarding, it’s no surprise that Canada will play host to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in February and March.
British Airways athlete Zoe Gillings is the UK’s number one snowboarder and hopes to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Zoe said: “Vancouver is one of best all-year round destinations for snowboarding and Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver is one of my favourite spots to train.”
5.Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is one of the emerging destinations for holidaymakers in the New Year, with tour operators and industry experts citing local beaches as ‘the most stunning in the Caribbean’. Known for its golf and spa facilities, the island is one of the best-kept property secrets in recent times. Boasting a five-mile oceanfront, local hangout Cap Cana is rumoured to be the new playground for the rich and famous.
6.Dubrovnik, Croatia
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Croatia offers privacy and tranquility making it a popular hideout for the jet set, including recent visitors Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Mirjana Dostal, British Airways commercial manager for Croatia, said: “Dubrovnik holds many attractions and delightful boutiques, with each corner of the city offering a unique experience. However its cluster of private islands have made this a new favourite destination for Hollywood A-Listers to get-away."
7.New York, USA
New York has always been hip, but the New Year will give us yet more excuses to plan a trip. Due for theatrical release in 2010 are two film sequels celebrating Manhattan - ‘Sex and the City 2’ and Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street 2’…. apt timing for BA’s new 32-seat business-class only service from London City Airport to New York.
8.Stockholm, Sweden
Regularly voted one of the best cities in the world to live in, Stockholm has become the model city for others to follow. Europe’s epicenter of biodiversity and ecology will celebrate its official title of ‘European Green Capital’ in 2010, making it a popular choice for eco-tourists.
9.The Maldives
Set in the Indian Ocean, this tropical paradise will be one of the hottest destinations for holidaymakers and honeymooners in 2010. Collections of coral reefs boast unrivalled facilities for diving, while the picture postcard beaches offer chill-out bliss to the maximum.
10.Delhi, India
Thanks to the growing trend for ‘tiger safari’, nearby destinations Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Kanha National Park provide another reason to get off the beaten track and visit Delhi in 2010.
Judy Jarvis, British Airways regional commercial manager South Asia said: "There has never been a better time to visit India. Next year marks two special occasions - 80 years of British Airways flying to India and the first time Delhi will host the Commonwealth Games. With 45 weekly flights to five destinations, we offer an unrivalled service."
FAKTA OM BRITISH AIRWAYS
British Airways er et av verdens største internasjonale flyselskaper, med mer enn 33 millioner passasjerer fra hele verden, hver dag.
Flyselskapets to hovedbaser er på Londons største flyplasser; Heathrow og Gatwick. Heathrow er verdens travleste internasjonale flyplass.
I Norge flyr British Airways mellom Oslo og London Heathrow Terminal 5, hvor forbindelser til hele verden tilbys.
British Airways har et verdensomspennende rutenettverk som dekker mer enn 700 destinasjoner sammen med `oneworld`-partnere.
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