G Adventures Introduces Two New Destinations, Gives Top Picks For 2019
G Adventures has announced its forecast for the
12 hottest spots for adventure travel in 2019, and among them are two new
destinations for the tour operator: Taiwan and Senegal.
“We think of this list as the essential
Adventurer’s Dozen; places to put on your short list for vacation consideration
in the new year”, says Canadian marketing director Aizaz Sheikh.
“The list blends lesser-visited places like Bolivia and Central Asia this year,
with long-trending hotspots like Italy, Jordan and Iceland that we think
deserve a new look. In each case, our message to travellers is: now more than ever, as boundaries blur,
cultures connect and the need to spread good vibes grows, the world deserves
more you. Here’s a list to kickstart your planning.”
The complete list is as follows:
Japan – In 2019, Japan plays host to the Rugby World Cup
and the summer Olympics in 2020. For 2019, G Adventures has revised its 11-day ‘Tokyo
to Kyoto’ tour, which will now visit Tottori and Hagi. Travellers will also
visit a new ‘G for Good’ social enterprise, the Hagi Homestay Association, which creates purpose and an income for the
aging population of Hagi City.
Uzbekistan – This destination recently relaxed its visa entry by
introducing a new e-visa for 51 countries, including Canada. G Adventures
has seen a 72% increase in travellers here over the past five years, and it
shows no sign of slowing down. In 2019, the company is introducing two new
trips into the region, including a 13-day ‘Best of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan
tour that begins in May.
Senegal – Now recovering from a dramatic dip in tourism
following the Ebola crisis of 2014, G Adventures has introduced land-based
trips in Senegal and its neighbouring country, The Gambia, including the new
10-day ‘Senegal and The Gambia’ tour that starts in June.
Taiwan – Another new destination for G
Adventures where the tour operator will offer a 10-day tour from Taipei with
first departures next September.
Northern Sri Lanka – Sales to this country are
up 58% YOY. G Adventures launch sailing trips along its southern coast last
year, and an eastern itinerary. It will now offer a seven-day ‘Sailing Sri
Lanka – North Coast’ tour.
Bolivia – Beginning in January, G Adventures’
new eight-day ‘Highlights of Bolivia’ tour with National Geographic Journeys will
start and end in La Paz, and also give clients a glimpse of hacienda life among
the indigenous Jukil community in a G for Good social impact project.
Galapagos Islands – G Adventures has added a
fifth yacht to its fleet of chartered vessels here, following a 22% growth in
bookings over the past year, and is supporting the destination’s efforts to
eliminate ocean plastics by offering all of its travellers to the islands a
complimentary, reusable stainless steel water bottle for trips beginning 1JAN.
Jordan –With YOY traveller growth of 71% for G
Adventures, the company has introduced a new eight-day, ‘18-to-Thirtysomethings’
‘Israel & Jordan’ tour for 2019, as well as two new ‘G for Good’ social
impact projects: the Jia Community Restaurant which supports local women in
Souf, and the Al Numeira Environmentalhelping water conservation near the Dead
Iceland– G Adventures continues to see growth in tourism
here, with trip sales up 127% over the past two years. Its new ‘G for
Good’ social impact project, the Solheimar Ecovillage, supports Icelanders
living with disabilities and helps spreads travel dollars further afield. There
is also a new seven-day ‘Wellness Iceland’ tour that will debut in May.
Ethiopia– G Adventures experienced a 98% increase in
bookings here over the past year. It is featuring a 10-day tour from Addis
Ababa with departures
beginning in January.
Italy– In May of 2019, Italy will celebrate the 500th
anniversary of artist Leonardo da Vinci’s death, and a host of
Renaissance-themed celebrations are planned throughout the country. G
Adventures’ new seven-day ‘Local Living Coastal Tuscany’ tour, where travellers will stay in a former G Adventures staffer’s family
home in Capalbio, travels from Rome, with departures beginning in May.
(Argentina) - Demand for G Adventures’ trips to
Argentina have been steadily rising over the past five years, with sales up 15%
in 2018 compared to 2017. Beginning in October, G Adventures’ will offer an
eight-day, health-focused ‘Wellness Patagonia’ trip with departures from Buenos Aires starting next