CHICAGO, IL /Send2Press Newswire/ — iExplore (www.iExplore.com) announced today the list of Top Ten World Travel Destinations as determined by the vacation purchases of its adventure and experiential travelers in 2004.

Caption: Machu Picchu in Peru, iExplore's #1 seller in 2004

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Machu Picchu in Peru, iExplore’s #1 seller in 2004.


2004 2003

Rank Rank

1 PERU 2

2 EGYPT 3

3 CHINA 4

4 GALAPAGOS 1

5 INDIA 36

6 ALASKA 6

7 ITALY 12

8 CHILE 24

9 COSTA RICA 11

10 FRANCE 21

iExplore founder and CEO, George Deeb, said, “Our customers continue to flock to Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins site, as Peru returns to the top of our best sellers list.”

Deeb continued, “2004 clearly marked the rebound in exotic, far away destinations like India. Despite high currency exchange rates in Europe versus the U.S. dollar, sales to Italy and France improved over 2003 levels.”

Bumped from last year’s top ten were: Antarctica (#11), Australia (#20), Belize (#17) and Nepal (#27). Nepal, a traditional top ten adventure destination, is suffering from the actions of Maoist rebels that increased their activities in 2004, which is impacting tourism in that country.

Founded in 1999, iExplore is the leading online seller of international adventure and experiential travel. The company offers a one-stop selection of packaged and made-to-order tours to the wonders of the world, which can be booked through iExplore’s expert call center staff at 1-800-IEXPLORE.

iExplore has been named the “Best Adventure Travel Website” by Forbes Magazine for five years in a row.

More information: www.iExplore.com

News issued by: iExplore, Inc.

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