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Tourism boards in charge of exotic and popular locales throughout the world are pleased with last year's numbers of travellers visiting their areas. This goes for all different types of destinations that offer a variety of excursions and themed travel to individuals, whether they hope to observe wildlife or try their hand at a blackjack table. Due to the increase, some of these organisations are investing even more time and money into their programs and projects, which can ensure that future travellers will have an even better time while on holiday.
For example, Aussie travellers were among the 13 million individuals who flocked to Singapore last year, breaking all previous travel records the country had in the past, reports MSNBC. This is a 13 percent increase from 2010, and experts say the number will rise even more in the current year. Most of the guests came from other Asian countries in search of exotic attractions and new regions to explore while reserving their Singapore holiday packages.
North of Singapore, Thailand also experienced an influx of visitors during 2011. According to The Associated Press, the area did have flooding problems that caused tourism boards some worry, but this did not stop more than 19 million global visitors coming to Thailand for leisure and business pursuits. This was 3 million more tourists than the previous year, said tourism ministry spokesman Vachara Kannikar.
Aussie travellers who are looking to explore a destination in Africa may consider a visit to Kenya, as this is another locale experiencing a tourism boom as of late, reports MSNBC's Travel News. Even with some political unrest in past years, the number of visitors stayed strong and the country hosted a record-breaking amount of guests.
Some tourism officials say that this is a sign the continent as a whole will be welcoming more travellers in the coming years as well.
"I passionately feel that we cannot ignore Africa," Najob Balala, tourism minister for Kenya, told to the news source. "Africa is where the future of tourism is and arrivals, because the middle class is growing, the wealth of the world is going to be in Africa. We need to prepare to market these areas."
Some of the reason Aussies may wish to visit Kenya is for the isolated sandy beaches or wild African safari tours though the grasslands and scenic countryside.
Those more interested in man-made attractions and entertainment options can consider a trip to one of the most popular cities in the U.S. for foreign travellers. Las Vegas, Nevada, welcomed the second highest amount of guests to its sparkling city in 2011. Some experts say that this pattern may lead to a record-breaking year in 2012 , which will be helpful, especially in uncertain economic times that hit some areas like Las Vegas hard a few years back.
"The numbers reflect the strength of our brand, as Las Vegas remains top of mind among travellers," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said in a statement. "We project 40 million visitors this year [in 2012], which would establish a new record."
Aussie travellers have seemingly endless possibilities when they are planning their prospective holiday abroad. They may wish to choose one of these locales rising in popularity, or try out a whole new destination that may be more popular in the future.
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