Cape Town - The Mother City has, once again, made the list of British Airways’ top long-haul holiday destinations for 2016, despite a drop in tourism due to what has been called 'draconian' visa regulations.
The Mother City comes in at fifth in the top eight behind Lima, Kuala Lumpur, San Jose (Costa Rica), Rio de Janeiro and ahead of San José (California), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and Tampa.
The Top 8 list is as follows:
1. Peru (Lima)
2. Kuala Lumpur
3. Costa Rica
4. Rio de Janeiro (and Brazil in general)
5. Cape Town
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6. San Jose, (and California in general)
7. Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
“It’s certainly possible that Cape Town could overtake some of the other destinations during 2016. It has a number of advantages. It’s established, it appeals to everyone from thrill seekers to wine aficionados, it has fantastic hotels and infrastructure, an abundance of natural beauty and offers incredible value for money,” says Edward Frost for British Airways.
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British Airways is the only airline to fly directly between Cape Town and London, with two flights a day during the busy Cape summer season. It operates Boeing 747-400 aircraft, amongst the largest in its fleet, with a choice of four cabins.
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Amongst the other leading leisure spots, Lima secured its place thanks to the increasing number of travellers keen to walk the world-famous Inca Trail and see the majesty of Machu Picchu.
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San Jose, Costa Rica owes third place to its incredible wildlife, with adventurers of all ages keen to explore its rain forests and stunning beaches.
Rio, much like Cape Town did after 2010, is still benefitting from the international exposure it enjoyed during the 2014 World Cup. Of course, the much anticipated 2016 Olympics will also increase its popularity.
Outside of South America, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia owes second spot to the "bleisure" (business + leisure) travel trend, with business travellers opting to extend their stays to enjoy some leisure time. Its business-friendly reputation, rain forests and beautiful beaches combine to make it the ‘pearl of the Orient’.
Punta Cana, with its abundance of resorts and palm-lined beaches is going to be hard to beat as a value-for-money Caribbean island getaway.
Tampa is a perennial favourite. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, extensive beaches and sultry climate make it a must-visit destination for families wanting a relaxing break in the sun.
British Airways’ travel experts compile the annual holiday hotspots snapshot based on past performance, forward-booking profiles, global events, travel patterns and international trends.
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