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Orbitz Predicts 2013 Hottest Places

New Zealand, Charleston and New Orleans have been projected as the top destinations for travel in 2013

New Zealand, Charleston and New Orleans have been projected as the top destinations for travel in 2013

January 06, 2013- Both in the U.S. and Internationally 2012 was a year of different milestone events that has set the tone for 2013 travel. New Zealand, Charleston and New Orleans have been projected as the top destinations for travel in 2013.

Part of that is due to national events, movie releases, flight offerings and new hotels coming online. The Orbitz Insider Index helps to identify what got last years’ travelers on the go and what the top destinations will be for travel in 2013.

One of this year’s hot spots is New Orleans. The city will host the Super Bowl on February 3, the Final Four in Women’s NCAA basketball and a number of music, lifestyle and food festivals that appeal to a wide variety of travelers. There are newly expanded flights and newly constructed hotels that will be available and a road improvement project worth over $90 million.

New Zealand will host many Americans who will visit down under in search of the famous Bilbo Baggins of The Hobbit fame. Americans will look for him amongst snow capped slopes and hillside villages on the island nation.

The tourism board in New Zealand reports that interest skyrocketed prior to the movie’s release with searches jumping by 265% during November. However, tourist board members are reminding travelers that there is much more to do in New Zealand besides Bilbo Baggins hunting. The country boasts the Maori culture, has unique wildlife and a number of beautiful wineries offering world-renowned wine.

Charleston is a great place to visit as it is one of the most historic cities in the southern part of the U.S. Access to the city has become even easier thanks to JetBlue adding new routes including direct flights from both Boston and New York starting sometime in February.

The city has a rich history, with architecture that is well conserved and an incredible restaurant community. Conde Naste Travelers’ Readers Choice Awards rated Charleston the 2013 top U.S. city and top world destination.

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