Looking at growth figures, demand and market trends, G Adventures has identified Indonesia, Ecuador, Morocco, Turkey and Rwanda as places that will draw travellers looking for exciting new experiences this year.
Indonesia has seen solid growth of 21% year-on-year for Brits travelling beyond Bali with the operator and the company says that this number is set to increase with the introduction of direct flights from London to Jakarta, starting in May with Garuda Indonesia. The operator has doubled departures on existing trips and launched seven new trips in Indonesia for this year, including Classic trip Best of Java, priced from £749 per person for a nine-day trip from Jakarta to Sanur.
The company also reports a 53% increase in growth year-on-year for mainland trips in Ecuador, a country often overshadowed by its own Galapagos Islands. The operator increased its capacity in the Galapagos last year, but is this year turning its focus to mainland trips, following the success of its Local Living: Ecuador Amazon Jungle trip. New trips include the Comfort trip Ecuador, Amazon and Hot Springs, which leads in at £1,279 for nine days.
Meanwhile, with air capacity from the UK increasing by 60% this winter, the Moroccan Tourist Board is also predicting double-digit growth in travellers to the country, with new routes including Royal Air Maroc direct from London to Marrakech.
The operator reports a 159% increase in trips to Morocco last year and is predicting to double growth again this year. As well as increasing departures, it has introduced new trips such as Comfort trip Morocco, Sahara and Beyond, which costs from £1,669 for 15 days.
Turkey has also emerged as another solid alternative for travellers looking for culture and sun in the wake of the troubles in the Middle East, and its government has ambitious tourist targets in the build-up to the celebration of 100 years of the Republic in 2023.
The operator reports a 42% increase year-on-year for travellers to Turkey and as a result has introduced four new Turkish trips for this year including Sailing Turkey - Fetihye to Bodrum, where travellers can sail the Turkish Riviera as a new way of seeing an old place.
Meanwhile, re-emerging destination Rwanda has been given a helping hand with the introduction of an East Africa cross-border visa for travel to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, making it possible for visitors to travel to all three countries on one visa which costs US$100. To coincide with the new introduction, the operator has launched its firs trip to Rwanda, a nine-day Rwanda and Uganda Gorilla and Chimp Adventure, which costs from £3,999 and includes permits for gorilla, monkey and chimpanzee treks, plus all national park fees.