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Great Hotels of the World reveals 2011 summer holiday hotspots

Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com) , the London-based hotel sales and marketing alliance has revealed its holiday hotspot predictions for summer 2011 based on searches made on www.ghotw.comwww.ghotw.com.

1. Tenerife, Spain

The Canary Island of Tenerife is a firm favourite with holiday makers and continues to be one of the most searched-for destinations on www.ghotw.com and with good reason too. Year-round good weather and great value for money makes it an ideal holiday location for couples and families. Searches for Tenerife are up by over 20% in the first three months of 2011 in comparison to the same period last year.

Where to stay: Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort, Tenerife, Spain

2. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is fast becoming a must-see city. Still enjoying increased popularity from last year’s Sex & the City 2 movie, it is now a popular city break destination. With low-cost carriers now offering flights and just a few hours from Europe, this strikingly different, fascinating city makes an ideal holiday hotspot and features highly in the most-searched for cities.

Where to stay: La Sultana, Marrakech, Morocco

3. The Algarve, Portugal

Climbing in to the top ten most searched for destinations in 2011, the Algarve continues to be an affordable yet exciting holiday destination. Stretching across the entire southern coastline of Portugal, the Algarve boasts some of Europe’s most attractive and cleanest beaches, many leisure attractions, beautiful landscapes and year-round sunshine.

Where to stay: Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa, Algarve, Portugal

4. The Costa Blanca, Spain

With frequent and affordable flights and convenient transport links to nearby resorts such as Alicante, Calpe and Benidorm, the Costa Blanca has all the ingredients for the ideal Spanish beach getaway. Searches for the region on the Great Hotels website have always been high and are up 10% in 2011 in comparison to 2010 – with a great variety of hotels and offers available, this trend is forecast to continue.

Where to stay: AR Diamante Beach SPA Hotel & Convention Centre, Calpe, Spain

5. Greek Islands

The Greek Islands are an old favourite amongst sun seekers and after a brief downturn in recent years they are firmly back on the map as a holiday hotspot for 2011. Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini in particular are popular searches on the Great Hotels website as well as island hopping itineraries thanks to the frequent and convenient ferry connections.

Where to stay: Cavo Tagoo, Mykonos, Greece

6. Antalya, Turkey

Until recently a large number of tourists flocked to the south-western resorts of Turkey, however more and more people are now venturing East to resorts including Antalya. With palm tree-lined streets, parks, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, a beautiful marina and a wide variety of stunning accommodation, Antalya has it all and is sure to be a holiday hotspot this summer season.

Where to stay: Gloria Serenity Resort, Belek, Antalya, Turkey

7. Buzios, Brazil

Searches for the stunning Brazilian beach resort of Buzios have risen by over 20% in the first three months of 2011 in comparison to the same period last year. A few hours’ drive east of Rio, this formerly quiet fishing village has emerged as a chic and lively yet relaxed seaside resort and for the moment can still be considered as one of Brazil’s hidden gems.

Where to stay: Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa, Buzios, Brazil

8. Florence, Italy

The traditionally popular city break destination of Florence is still featuring high on searches for summer 2011. Full of charm and character, the cultural gem of Tuscany appeals to those who are less interested in beaches and partying and has so much to offer with stunning architecture, galleries, museums, art and shopping.

Where to stay: Monsignor della Casa Country Resort, Tuscany, Italy

9. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s varied offerings make it an ideal destination that’s fast becoming a popular holiday hotspot and is on many travellers’ to-do lists. With beautiful unspoilt beaches,tea plantations, lush vegetation, a plethora of wildlife and a great variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, the Indian Ocean island offers excellent value for money and something a different than the usual beach break.

Where to stay: Saman Villas, Bentota, Sri Lanka

10. Iceland

Despite the famous volcano ash cloud disaster, Iceland is now becoming a popular holiday destination as tourists flock to see the landscape’s post-eruption transformation as well as the eruption site itself. The area now also has a museum and visitor centre. What a difference 12 months makes…

Where to stay: Hotel Ranga, Sudurlandsvegur, Iceland

John Clarke, director of sales and marketing at Great Hotels of the World comments: “We regularly monitor our website statistics to ensure we are offering the very best hotels in the best and most popular destinations. We pride ourselves on keeping up with the current trends and predicting emerging ones."

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For press enquiries please contact:

Brooke Jester - Marketing and PR Manager, Great Hotels of the World

Note to editors:

Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com) provides global hotel reservation, sales and marketing services for an exclusive portfolio of primarily independent hotels and resorts worldwide. Great Hotels of the World provides a range of products, services and innovative technology solutions for over 250 hotels worldwide through trade shows, e-marketing, business travel sales, meeting and incentive sales, public relations, Meeting Forums and a private label GDS chain code (GW).

By acknowledging that each hotel’s core business is different, Great Hotels of the World help’s hotels and consumers to “find their niche” by categorising member hotels into niche travel markets. Great Hotels’ dedicated programmes are aimed at the leisure, meetings and incentive and corporate markets, whilst the individual leisure collections reach precise areas of the market in which the hotel specialises in including gourmet, spa, golf, honeymoon and many more.

Membership of Great Hotels of the World is split into three tiers: the Luxury Collection, the Premium Collection and the Classic Collection and is by invitation only. Hotels must meet strict criteria before being accepted into the brand.

Further information on Great Hotels of the World can be found at (http://www.ghotw.com).

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