British Airways tips Marrakech for the No.1 spot in 2011

BA reveals the 10 top destinations it expects will be the most popular next year

Marrakech’s legendary mystique is alive and well and it looks like 2011 could be a bumper year for tourism in the imperial city. Tourism in Morocco is still on the up and now British Airways is predicting it will be its most visited destination in 2011.

With Marrakech in top place, long-haul destinations San Diego and New York were tipped for second and third spots; next came St. Kitts & Nevis and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.

Also on the BA shortlist are the Maldives and Japan, as well as Las Vegas, Mauritius and St. Lucia – making the top ten an eclectic mix of North African, Caribbean and US destinations.

According to BA Chief executive Willie Walsh, the response the airline has had to the launch of routes including the Maldives, Las Vegas and Marrakech “has been incredible”.

Wash added, “We’ve seen destinations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean becoming even more popular with leisure travellers looking for sun and relaxation. Those after 24-hour cities are heading towards New York, Las Vegas and Japan.”

The airline will launch flights to Tokyo on 19 February next year, before introducing services to Marrakech and Puerto Rico in March and extending its network to San Diego on 1 June.

BA will fly three times a week from London Gatwick to Marrakech, starting 27 March 2011. A day later it launches its twice-weekly flights, via Antigua, to the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, while a new route from London City to Stockholm kicks off in the new year, on January 9 2011. From early June, San Diego becomes BA’s third destination in California (in addition to Los Angeles and San Francisco) with daily direct flights to the sunny beach city.

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