Cox & Kings has predicted that Russia, Iran and Jordan will be among the “hottest” destinations next year.
According to TTG Media, the operator has made its predictions for “on trend” destinations next year, based on political changes in the world and major events and anniversaries.
British Airways introduced direct flights from London to Peru and Costa Rica earlier this year and Chile is set to follow in January.
A flying time of 14 hours 40 minutes will make it the airline’s longest direct flight.
It is the 70th anniversary of India’s independence in 2017 so Cox & Kings is predicting an increase in demand for travel to India.
The operator said bookings are already showing this; with two India group tours currently in the top ten for Cox & Kings overall.
The second series of the BBC’s Real Exotic Marigold Hotel is set to air in the New Year.
The first series led to more interest in longer stays in traditional havelis (former merchant houses) and Cox & Kings predicts a similar impact for the second time round.
Cox & Kings reintroduced Iran to its Middle East collection in October 2015 for the first time since 2011.
The operator said demand from clients to travel back to Iran has been “remarkable but not surprising”.
The operator explained that it used to be one of the most popular tours offered by Cox & Kings.
British Airways relaunched its direct flights in September so the country is even more accessible.
“With new bookings up significantly last month, there are signs that confidence is growing in travel to Jordan,” said Cox & Kings.
It was one of Cox & Kings’ most popular destinations in September.
The operator said it is possible to drive the length of the country in less than five hours, making it easily accessible, and travellers can cover all the main sites of interest in a short amount of time.
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution which Cox & Kings thinks will attract visitors.
Cox & Kings Ltd is one of the longest established travel companies. Established in 1758, Cox & Kings has been making predictions about travel for centuries. Headquartered in India, the holiday and education travel group has subsidiaries in the US, Canada, the UK, Netherlands, the UAE, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Cox & Kings Ltd. has operations spread across 22 countries and 4 continents.
Photo: A woman prays at Iran’s Vakil Mosque, Credit: Roberto Cattani