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Fodor's Reveals the 2012 Go List - 21 Places to Visit This Year

One of the Most Trusted Travel Brands Shares its Global List of Emerging Hotspots, Noteworthy Events, Locations for Value and Buzz-worthy Destinations

NEW YORK, NY (January 11, 2012) – Fodor’s, the leading name in travel guides, announced today its selection of the top 21 places to go in 2012 as determined by Fodor’s editors and travel experts. This second annual list covers everything from emerging destinations and hot cities to noteworthy events and great values around the world. For 75 years, Fodor’s has been guiding travelers seeking out the best in art, food or adventure.

“Every year the Fodor’s editors and writers scout the globe to find the next best travel destination,” said Arabella Bowen, Executive Editorial Director, Fodor’s Travel. “Our 2012 Go List highlights 21 travel destinations sure to suit every taste, trip length, and budget.”

Noteworthy Events
Four highly-anticipated events merit a trip in 2012.

Summer Olympics: Although the Royal Wedding is over, all eyes are still on London as the city readies for the Summer Olympics taking place from July 27 – August 12, 2012.
Floriade: This World Horticultural Expo only happens once every ten years in Venlo, The Netherlands. Open between April 5 – October 7, visitors can enjoy the largest indoor flower exhibition, daily cultural programming and elaborate flower gardens.
The Northern Lights: 2012 marks the best time in more than 50 years to see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders, and the best location to watch this spectacular lightshow is in the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
The 100th Anniversary of the Titanic’s Sinking: Belfast in Ireland, the city where the ship was built, is commemorating the anniversary with the opening of the new Titanic Belfast Museum and a two-month festival starting in May, including a MTV music event and multiple exhibitions.

Emerging Hotspots
Grab your passport and be one of the first to sneak away to these emerging hotspots.

Istria, Croatia: Like Tuscany without the crowds or the high price tag, this region is known for its medieval hilltop villages, miles of vineyards and restaurants famous for their truffle-filled menus. Go in autumn for the wine and olive harvests, truffle cornucopia, and warm weather.
Cuba: With travel bans slowly being lifted, now is the time to travel to this Caribbean island known for its legendary jazz, cobblestone streets and hand-rolled cigars. Guided travel to Cuba was reintroduced in August 2011 and visitors can book insider art and architecture tours through the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Havana jazz experience trips through Insight Cuba. The best time to travel is November – May for dry, sunny weather.
Panama: The South American country’s transforming skyline and hotel boom, including the Trump Ocean Club, Waldorf Astoria’s Panamera, Westin Playa Bonita and the Sheraton Panama, make it a go-to-now destination. Panama is crowded January – March, while December and April are quieter.
• Additional emerging hotpots on the Fodor’s 2012 GO List include: Rwanda, South Korea, Colombia and Wales, UK.

Value Destinations
Europe and Canada top the list this year for destinations offering great value.

Charlevoix in Canada: A new train route linking Quebec City to the villages in pastoral Charlevoix makes it easier than ever to experience the region’s breathtaking scenery, farm-to-table cuisine and outdoor sports like kayaking in the St. Lawrence and hiking in the foothills of Le Massif. Go in the summer for hiking and boating or in the winter for skiing.
Budapest: Enjoy hard-to-find Hungarian wines, the latest obsession in the oenophile world, in Budapest. Visitors can sample homegrown vintages from some of the country’s half-million winemakers in the city’s trendy bars and new restaurants. Travel to Budapest from May – October for warm weather, but avoid early August if you don’t want to deal with the Grand Prix crowds.
• Other value destinations on the Fodor’s 2012 GO List that won’t break the bank include: Portugal and Matera, Italy.

Buzzy Sights
At the top of Fodor’s must-go and buzz-worthy list are six enticing destinations.

Cusco, Peru: This culture-rich capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to Machu Picchu is a noteworthy city in 2012 thanks to monumental hotel openings, including the Palacio Nazarenas by Orient Express, a former convent and palace turned into an all-suite boutique hotel with Cusco’s first outdoor pool and private butlers. Go April – May or September – October to sidestep the rainy season and avoid summer’s peak-season prices and crowds.
Oahu, Hawaii: The island is enjoying the spotlight after serving as the backdrop of the George Clooney film, The Descendants. A Disney resort debuted on Oahu in September and in 2012 the island will receive a new visitor center saluting the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Spring and fall are usually the best months to visit for great weather and discount shoulder-season prices.
• Additional buzz-worthy destinations on the Fodor’s 2012 GO List include: Scrub Island, BVI; Paris, France; Charleston, North Carolina; and Milan, Italy.

The complete Fodor’s 2012 Go List and relevant destination guides can be found at http://www.fodors.com/world/where-to-go/2012/

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