Travel industry gives its top picks for 2016 destinations

Italy ranked No. 1 among popular destinations in the 2016 list published by the U.S. Tour Operators Association. Here, a waiter in Positano, Italy, prepares for the lunch crowd at Cafe Positano, perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea.


By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 28, 2015

Where will you go in the new year? Here’s a look at some top destinations recommended by the travel industry.


U.S. Tour Operators Association

Emerging and off-the-beaten path: Cuba, Myanmar, Iceland, Colombia, and Ethiopia and Japan (tied for fifth). Most popular: Italy; United Kingdom; China, France and South Africa (tied for third); Peru and India. In the U.S.: New York and California (tied for first); Arizona and Hawaii (tied for second); Nevada; Florida and Washington, D.C., (tied for fourth); and Alaska.


Lonely Planet

Top 10 countries: Botswana, Japan, U.S., Palau, Latvia, Australia, Poland, Uruguay, Greenland, Fiji. Top 10 regions: Transylvania, Romania; West Iceland; Valle de Vinales, Cuba; Friuli’s wine regions, Italy; Waiheke Island, New Zealand; Auvergne, France; Hawaii; Bavaria, Germany; Costa Verde, Brazil; St. Helena (island in South Atlantic Ocean). Top 10 cities: Kotor, Montenegro; Quito, Ecuador; Dublin; George Town, Malaysia; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Mumbai, India; Fremantle, Australia; Manchester, England; Nashville, Tennessee; Rome. Best value: Estonia; Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam; East Africa; New Mexico; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Galicia, Spain; Quebec City, Canada; Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast; Timor-Leste (East Timor); Western Australia.


Afar (travel magazine)

American Southwest; Nepal; Tasmania, Australia; Cuba; Portugal; Granada, Nicaragua; Mongolia; East Africa (safaris in Tanzania and Zimbabwe); Cabo, Mexico; Ireland.



Australia; Mendocino County, Calif.; Cape Floral Region, South Africa; Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, South Island, New Zealand; Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Charlottesville, Virginia; Shanghai; Abu Dhabi; Zamora, Spain; Hokkaido, Japan; Bogota, Colombia; Chianti, Italy; Mongolia; Wroclaw, Poland; Stratford-upon-Avon, England; national parks.



Utah; national parks; Philadelphia; Maine; North Loop, Minneapolis; Palm Springs, California; Cuba; Haiti; Guadeloupe; San Sebastian, Spain; Stratford-upon-Avon, England; Sicily, Italy; Faroe Islands, Denmark; Lithuania; Bavaria, Germany; Normandy, France; St. Helena (island in South Atlantic Ocean); Fez, Morocco; Nepal; Philippines; Taipei, Taiwan; Guam; Adelaide, Australia; Abu Dhabi; Ecuador.


Travel + Leisure

In alphabetical order: Aarhus, Denmark; Adelaide, Australia; Andaman Islands, India; Asbury Park, New Jersey; Bocas del Toro, Panama; Borneo; Bozeman, Montana; Canggu, Bali; Canouan, Grenadines; Casablanca, Morocco; Chiloe, Chile; Costa Rica; Denver; Detroit; Douro Valley, Portugal; Frankfurt, Germany; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; Galle, Sri Lanka; Georgia; Ghent, Belgium; Guadalajara, Mexico; Guatemala; Hangzhou, China; Havana; Ibera Wetlands, Argentina; Iran; Kochi, India; Lanai, Hawaii; Liege, Belgium; Lille, France; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Margaret River, Australia; Mie Prefecture, Japan; Okanagan Valley, British Columbia; Pittsburgh; Placencia, Belize; Richmond, Virginia; Rio de Janeiro; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle; Siberia; Sicily, Italy; St. Helena (island in South Atlantic Ocean); Taipei, Taiwan; Tanzania; Tasmania; Wales; Zagreb, Croatia; Zanzibar; Zimbabwe.


Conde Nast Traveler

Top destination for 2016: Australia.


Travel Leaders Group travel agency)

Top U.S. destinations: Orlando, Florida; Maui, Hawaii; Alaska cruises; New York City; Las Vegas; Honolulu; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Chicago; Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. Top international: Caribbean cruise; Cancun, Mexico; European river cruise; London; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Rome; European Mediterranean cruise; Florence and Tuscany, Italy; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya, Mexico.

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