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asia/south pacific Dive Into the New Year michelle marie arean With many natural wonders, history, culture, and the dignified attraction of Asia overall, selling Asia and the South Pacific is not a difficult task. In fact, destinations in this part of the world frequently make it to the top of coveted must-visit lists and the proof is in the visitor numbers. travel by the numbers Through October of this year, there were 403,944 visitors from the U.S. to Vietnam, an increase from the previous year, while Japan saw 76,900 visitors from the U.S. this past August alone, a 20.4 percent increase from the previous year in that same month. Meanwhile, Cambodia saw 13,303 visitors from the U.S., an increase of 24.7 percent over the same period in 2014. Arrivals into Fiji from the U.S. and Canada accounted for 5,407 out of the 71,836 visitors the island had as of September of this year. Australia, too, is seeing a spike in visitor arrivals from the U.S.-9 percent for the year ending June 2015, and for New Zealand, visitor arrivals were up 23,400 this year for a total of 217,000 with the most arrivals coming from Australia, China, Japan, and then the U.S. China, however, has seen a decrease in international travelers over the past seven years. In an effort to cope with the downturn, China has started to offer the 72-hour visa-free transit policy, which has been adopted in more cities to welcome more overseas guests. 62 december 2015 intel on new tours The amount of new tours offering out-of-the-box experiences is enough to lure any traveler. Take Avanti Destinations, which has launched over 25 customizable FIT vacation packages to Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, with all packages featuring private guides from arrival through departure. On the 9-day China: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai itinerary, for example, guests visit with a local family in Beijing, and spend time sightseeing at the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, an area of the Great Wall that's less frequented by tourists, and the Summer Palace. They'll also have lunch at a restaurant serving hand-rolled noodles, take a pedicab tour of the traditional hutongs (alleyways), and travel by high-speed train to Xian, where they'll see the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Muslim quarter, the ancient City Wall and more. Next, guests fly to Shanghai, where a few highlights are the Old Town with Yu Garden and Bazaar, a multi-media acrobatic performance, and the water town of Zhujiajiao. For clients headed to India, there's Insight Vacations' new 16-day Spirit of North and South India itinerary, starting at $5,595. Highlights include everything from visiting the deserted imperial city of Fatehpur Sikri to exploring the ancient cave temples of Mumbai. Authentic experiences such as drinks and a sunset elephant safari

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend December 2015

Editor’s Notes
19th Annual Recommend Readers’ Choice Awards Winners
Cruising Into the Future
Anthem of the Seas
Norwegian Escape
Looking Ahead
Saint Lucia 36-Page Pull-Out Travel Agent Specialist Program
Trending Now in the Caribbean
Eyes on 2016
Dive Into the New Year
Wild Encounters in the Coming Year
New Year, More Choices
Latin America in 2016 & Beyond

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