Travel in the New Year will have an array of influences with anniversaries, events, celebrities and the economy, from royal weddings in London to the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York.
London is sure to draw in visitors for the April 29th wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. “If Charles and Diana got 600,000 people who came into London for that wedding, I could see a million for this one,” Paulin Frommer, creator of the Pauline Frommer Guides said.
New York has also shown up on top in regards to top 2011 travel destinations. The 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War is also being marked this year. One of the largest commemorations takes place July 21-24 in Manassas, Va., where the war’s first major land battle took place.
With other memorials going on in places like Washington D.C. many cities are expecting a lot of visitors. Several destinations are hoping that attention from celebrities will bring them more visitors in the New Year.
Australia spent $4 million to host Oprah Winfrey and 300 of her fans; however government officials say they got tourism advertising worth millions more in return.