CIT survey highlights destinations to watch

CIT’s annual destination survey has identified India as the top new destination for 2005. Carried out among more than 20 of the top UK agencies, including Euro RSCG Skybridge and P&MM, just under half (41%) cited India as a potential destination for this year. Ranked according to the number of votes, Croatia, Oman and Vietnam were other countries earmarked as strong C&I possibilities for 2005. Eastern Africa is attracting attention, while Chile, Peru, Burma, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan are seen as ‘emerging’. China too is earmarked as one to watch. Last month the Chinese government granted the UK Approved Destination Status. This will result not only in an influx of Chinese tourists in the UK but also a boost in air access between the two countries. British Airways and Virgin are both upping the number of China services. The Grass Roots Group head of events services Neil Pace said: "Some exciting new destinaions are coming on board. Ten years ago, people wouldn’t have said Beirut was up and coming, while I can see Afghanistan breaking through as an incentive destination."

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