New Zealand Tops Virtuoso's "Hot List" for Biggest Year-to-Year Growth

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Travel consortia Virtuoso recently honored New Zealand at the top of their Hot List for biggest year-over-year growth.

New Zealand tops the list by a wide margin with an increase of 196 percent growth year-on-year, second place Chile has an increase of 103 percent. Indonesia, Hungary and Hong Kong make up the rest of the top five.

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Virtuoso Senior Vice President, Consumer; David Kolner contributes the increase to several factors. 

“Fueled by the popularity of the Lord of the Rings films, New Zealand has become a standalone destination in its own right rather than being tacked onto an Australia trip for a few days,” said Kolner. “It’s often a first trip abroad for a family, and is appealing to everyone from foodies to adventure-seekers.”

The Hot List was announced last week at Virtuoso Travel Week, where a record-breaking 4,420 delegates attended from 96 countries.