Orlando, London are tops on Asta's Hot Spots Survey

WASHINGTON -- The millennium may be new, but ASTA's Hot Spots Survey shows travelers aren't ready to break their old vacation habits.

The survey, conducted in association with Fodor's, tracks the destinations booked by travel agents. It found the domestic hot sellers for 2000 are, in order, Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

On the international side, the big sellers are London; Paris; Rome; Cancun, Mexico, and Frankfurt. Other international hot sellers are Sydney, Australia; Amsterdam; Madrid; Hong Kong, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

ASTA president Joe Galloway said it is the Olympic Games in Sydney later this year that has piqued interest in the destination among U.S. travelers.

According to the survey, 45.2% of agents canvassed found that Americans, partly due to the strong economy, are willing to spend more on travel this year than last.

"More than ever before, vacations are a reward, and people are willing to spend a bit more to ensure that they have an unforgettable experience," said Bonnie Ammer, president and publisher of Fodor's Travel Publications.

When asked what they thought the hot domestic and international destinations would be in the years to come, agents picked Las Vegas, with its popular combination of casinos and shows, and Costa Rica, a burgeoning ecotourism magnet.

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