Bargain deals expected to lure tourists in 2010

Wed Jan 6, 2010 9:44pm EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Caribbean cruises, Las Vegas, China, Latin America and South Africa could offer the best holiday deals in 2010 as tourists look for bargains, according to a global Internet media company.

Travelzoo Inc. said most Americans plan to take a break this year but only if they can find a deal that gives them value for their money.

"Our travel intentions survey reported that an overwhelming majority of people will need a deal to travel in 2010," said Gabe Saglie, a senior editor at the company.

Based on input from 140 travel experts around the globe Travelzoo predicts cruises that charge less than $50 a night offer great value. Cruise lines will also be offering children-free promotions and onboard credit to remain competitive.

"Not to mention these 'floating hotels' bundle several islands and all meals into one itinerary, eliminating the need for multiple airfares and hotels," the company said.

Countries in Latin America, particularly Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama, where the U.S. dollar goes a long way also offer bargains and airlines are adding flights to these countries.

China also has favorable exchange rates to the dollar and there are deals to be had as hotels, which added to their inventory for the 2008 Summer Olympics, are offering bargains on luxury hotel rooms, according to the company.

A drop in tourism and business in Las Vegas could also translate into savings for travelers this year.

"The grand opening of the $8.5 billion CityCenter in December 2009 will create another 6,000-plus rooms to fill and even more deals to be had going into 2010," Travelzoo added.

South Africa will host the FIFA World Cup from June 11 to July 11 which will draw soccer fans to the country, but even for those not interested in the sport, safari companies and hotels are putting together packages to lure tourists.

"Additionally, the cost of living in the country is low, allowing the U.S. dollar to go a long way. Sit-down lunch can easily cost just $2," the company said.