CHICAGO, Ill. - June 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In a mid-year update, iExplore (www.iExplore.com) announces the list of "Top Ten World Travel Destinations" in 2005 (to date) as determined by bookings of its adventure and experiential travelers between January 1, 2005 and May 31, 2005.
2005 Rank 2004 Rank
1 EGYPT 2
2 PERU 1
3 CHINA 5
4 GALAPAGOS 9
5 INDIA 10
6 FRANCE 7
7 ALASKA 3
8 SOUTH AFRICA 14
9 NEW ZEALAND 18
10 MOROCCO 35
iExplore founder and CEO, George Deeb, said "2005 has seen continued growth in faraway travel destinations, particularly in the Middle East which has Egypt displacing perennial best selling Peru as our number one seller and Morocco entering our top ten."
Deeb continued, "Although we have seen small declines in demand for France, other areas of Europe are experiencing larger declines due to the lower value of the U.S. dollar in 2005."
In addition to the Galapagos Islands, India, South Africa, New Zealand and Morocco, who have seen strong growth in the top ten, other destinations seeing notable growth over last year include Jordan (#13) and Venezuela (#15), neither of which had any sales for iExplore in 2004.
Bumped from last year's top ten were Italy, Costa Rica and Canada, who are now ranked numbers 12, 22 and 26 respectively. Other destinations seeing notable declines from last year include Vietnam and Japan.
For reservations and more information visit www.iExplore.com or call 1-800-iExplore. Prices range from $3,000 to $15,000 per person depending on the experience, subject to availability and seasonality.
About iExplore, Inc.
Founded in 1999, iExplore is the leading online seller of adventure and experiential travel. iExplore offers hundreds of made-to-order, guided tours that visit the farthest corners of the earth, particularly the man-made and natural wonders of the world. iExplore services its clients through an expert staff of adventure consultants at 1-800-IEXPLORE and online at www.iExplore.com. iExplore has been named the "Best Adventure Travel Website" by Forbes Magazine for five years in a row.