Travelzoo picks top value destinations for 2013

Travelzoo picks top value destinations for 2013

More air routes and hotel openings are leading to big bargains on international travel, says online deal finder
Ireland makes the list of top bang-for-buck destinations in 2013.

Haven't yet started thinking about next year’s vacation?

Good news -- Travelzoo has already started doing research for you.

The online travel media company known for its weekly emails outlining the week’s best travel deals for 25 million subscribers has published its top five deal destinations for 2013. 

Dubbed "Wow Deal Destinations for 2013," Travelzoo's selections were made with U.S. travelers in mind, taking into account the strength of the U.S. dollar, increased flight routes from U.S. destinations and “revitalized competition” in the travel industry. 

Additional factors for "serious deals" range from aggressive official marketing promotions (Ireland) to major hotel openings and added airline routes (Colombia).

JetBlue, Spirit and LAN are adding routes, and reasons, to go to Colombia in 2013.

Travelzoo’s best bang-for-buck destinations and reasons for deals:

  • Alaska: More major cruise ship sailings
  • Colombia: Added routes from major airlines and new Marriott and Hilton hotel openings
  • Ireland: Deals stemming from aggressive tourism board promotion and lower VAT
  • New Zealand: Decline in New Zealand dollar and increased number of flights from Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines
  • Niagara Falls: Hotels adopting new online supply channels and offering better deals

Where do you want to travel next year? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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