afrol News, 3 November - The travel guidebook publisher 'Lonely Planet' has launched its "hottest" destinations for 2011 in new English and French guidebooks, with the greatest African presence ever. Cape Verde, Tanzania, Egypt and Morocco are listed.
In it annual book listing top destinations for the coming year, 'Lonely Planet' presents readers with the countries, regions and cities most worthwhile to visit. The annual book - "Lonely Planet's Best in Travel" in English and "Le Best of 2011" in French - is seen as a trendsetter able to attract many new travellers.
Only last year, Africa was still poorly present in the trend announcing book. In the top-ten list of countries to visit in 2010, Morocco was the only African representative. Morocco was listed fifth last year.
The top-ten country list of 2011 does not include Morocco. However, the northern Moroccan port city of Tangier is the only African city to make it in the top-ten city list, but is listed second (after New York). Tangier, which has seen a remarkable clean-up during the last five years, especially was noted for its "extraordinary position" at Africa's most north-western point, facing Europe.
On the 2011 country list, Africa is making a greater impact. Cape Verde is taking an impressive third position on the top-ten list, while Tanzania enters on eights position.
"Cape Verdeans might have known about the wider world forever, but it seems that the wider world is only just opening its eyes to Cape Verde," 'Lonely Planet' writes in a statement, naming Cape Verde "an archipelago that looks and feels as if it were born from a Caribbean mother and an African father."
The West African archipelago had "quite a lot" to offer tourists. "Soaring mountains terraced in greens, a volcano with its head in the clouds, world-class watersports and s
izzling, saucy festivals," the book sums up, however adding that these "new Canary Islands" mostly are experiencing their tourism boom due to "more days of sunshine than there are days in the year and soft sandy beaches."
Tanzania rather is a rediscovered tourist destination, boosting of well known attractions such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. "But that is not all," according to 'Lonely Planet', listing up a number of African wildlife experiences and less known national parks and reserves.
"So you think you have seen it all? We are betting Tanzania still has a surprise or two for you," the publisher sums ups its reasons for listing Tanzania as a top-ten country to visit in 2011.
The final major list in the 2011 top destinations guide concentrates on regions. Also here, an African destination hits the list. Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is listed at the top regional destination world-wide. The Sinai includes the large modern resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, but also ancient cultural landscapes, mountains and fantastic reefs.
'Lonely Planet's' "discovery" of Africa has been gradual, with the Australia-based publisher having launched a growing number of country guidebooks to the continent in English, French, Spanish and German language. After all, Africa is the fastest growing travel destination world-wide, and is expected to remain so for years to come.
The English language edition of the guidebook was released on 1 November, while the French language edition is due to hit markets on 18 November. No Spanish or German versions are planned.
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