NEW YORK, November 21, 2012 -- Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, announced today the five domestic and international destinations where Americans will be able to get the biggest bang for their travel buck in 2013. Based on industry projections, recent trends and consumer buzz, it is anticipated that these five destinations will yield the strongest collection of "wow" deals. The 2013 Wow Deal Destinations are Alaska, Colombia, Ireland, New Zealand and Niagara Falls.
"These are exciting times for American travelers," said Shirley Tafoya, president for Travelzoo North America. "Thanks to increased carrier routes and revitalized competition among airlines, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators, there are now some serious deals to be found - both here in the U.S. and internationally. This is a trend that we expect to continue through 2013."
In North America, both Alaska and Niagara Falls represent unique saving opportunities for travelers in 2013. In Alaska, deals are being propelled by new itineraries that increase the capacity of major cruise operations. More ships and departure dates equate to better deals for cruisers. Travelzoo's director of cruise content Darlene Carenza says, "We project further savings for travelers when operators bundle tours with land packages, such as hotel accommodation."
Similarly, hotels in Niagara Falls have embraced new online supply channels, and the resulting frenzy to offer the best online deal has meant huge savings for travelers this year. In recent months, Travelzoo has run nearly 20 Getaways for Niagara, and most of these deals have included perks, such as restaurant and spa credits, that have essentially made the room rate free. Travelzoo believes 2013 will be another banner year for hotel discounts at this destination.
On the international front, flights to Ireland, New Zealand and Colombia are all seeing increased competition thanks to new routes from major air carriers like United Air Lines, US Airways and American Airlines (for Ireland), Air New Zealand (for New Zealand), and JetBlue Airways, LAN, Spirit Airlines, Taca, Avianca and American Airlines (for Colombia). In addition, recent tourism rallies in both New Zealand and Ireland have encouraged hotel and tour operators to drum up aggressive deals for visitors.
Driving Forces Behind Selecting the Top Wow Deal Destinations for 2013:
More cruise ships and itineraries
Expansion of cruisetour offerings (cruise + land packages)
Why to go now:
Scientific predictions show that 2013-2014 will be the best chance to see
increased aurora activity.
New routes from major air carriers
New properties from major hotel chains such as Marriott and Hilton
Why to go now:
Very cheap once you are there. A cup of coffee costs less than $1
Ireland Tourism Board is actively encouraging hotels and tour operators
to offer aggressive deals as part of its 2013 marketing plan
Additional routes from major European airlines
Lower VAT (from 13.5% to 9%) so it is now cheaper to enjoy hotels,
restaurants, museums, etc.
Why to go now:
It is cheaper to fly to Dublin or Shannon than most other European
Air New Zealand is increasing the number of flights from San Francisco
in April 2013 and Hawaiian Airlines will start flying Hawaii - New
Zealand in March
The New Zealand dollar is on a slow decline ($80 US cents/1 NZ Dollar),
which will make your dollar go further once you get there.
Why to go now:
Perfect opportunity to check out the on-set film locations for the
upcoming "The Hobbit" movie
More hotels are offering better deals
Why to go now: Niagara Falls offers a wide range of experiences from wine country,
casinos and fine dining to water parks and amusements for families.
Travelzoo Inc. is a global Internet media company. With more than 25 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide, Travelzoo® publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel and entertainment companies. Travelzoo's deal experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value. In Asia Pacific, Travelzoo is independently owned and operated by Travelzoo (Asia) Ltd. and Travelzoo Japan K.K. under a license agreement with Travelzoo Inc.
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