South Africa continues to affirm its position on any travel bucket list with accolades after accolades. Most recently, SA has made it onto the Travel Leaders Group list of the top 15 luxury destinations in the world to experience in 2016/2017 in their Fall Luxury Trends analysis.
1,145 luxury travel agents were surveyed and SA came in at number 11, ranking higher up than New Zealand, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba. Italy was listed as the top destination in the category, followed by the European River Cruise – one of the cruises that visit a particular destination – and the United States.
Travel Leaders Group stated that wealthier travellers expected fine dining, private concierge-level access, and spas among others as part of their holiday. With the growing number of internationally revered luxury hotels and a vast variety of experience-focused holiday offers, the country’s position makes it a competitive holiday destination.
SA is not only ideal for leisure travel alone, with multiple local companies scooping various awards at the fifth annual Business Traveller Africa Awards held in September.
The top 15 luxury travel destinations are:
2. European River Cruise
3. United States
4. Mediterranean cruise
8. Caribbean cruise
10. England (tie)
10. Iceland (tie)
11. South Africa
12. New Zealand
14. Costa Rica