Through the fall and winter months, finding a true-and-trusted yet relatively untapped destination for clients becomes as essential as a heavy overcoat. Not off the beaten track, though not widely visited like the Caribbean or Mexico, Eastern Mediterranean destinations like Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt have proven to be exceptional picks when considering recommendations throughout the years.
Besides its ideal weather, the region is known for its easier pace and off-peak rates. In 1995, the market of Israel had just opened up following its peace agreement with Jordan, attracting an increase in 17 percent from the United States alone. Other developments include Greece reporting a 20 percent increase during 1993 while Cyprus saw 2.2 million tourists in 1994. Egypt's numbers went up 23.8 percent that year, and Turkey reported its U.S. audience as having tripled from 79,000 in 1991 to 271,000 in 1994. (For the full article, see page 1 here and page 2 here.) Looking back 15 years later, we're delighted to report that all five have maintained their elite status among discerning travelers to the still-untapped charm of the shoreside locales.
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