Puglia and Sicily in southern Italy, as well as Croatia,
Israel, Japan, Rwanda and Tanzania, are all emerging destinations with "substantial
surges in demand," according to Ovation Travel Group.
The New York-based travel agency said it polled advisors to
identify emerging destinations.
"We recently asked Ovation Travel Group's expert luxury
leisure travel advisors to name the top emerging destinations internationally
that they previously booked infrequently at best, but have now noticed
significant growths in popularity," CEO Paul Metselaar said in a
In Italy, which Ovation recently said is its most popular
international destination overall,
Puglia and Sicily were named emerging destinations. Ovation's Gina Gabbard,
senior vice president of leisure and independent advisors, said the two regions
made the list because experienced travelers are looking for new places to visit
Croatia's popularity was attributed to the country being
featured on HBO's hit television series "Game of Thrones," as well as
its geological beauty and well-preserved medieval cities.
Japan's popularity was attributed at least in part to
anticipation of the Olympics to be held next summer in Tokyo.
Rwanda and Tanzania likely made the list because of their
wildlife. Gabbard said Africa in general has been popular, with other
destinations like Morocco, Egypt and South Africa drawing Ovation clients, but
Rwanda and Tanzania have "seen the most dramatic growth recently."