British Airways has announced its top 13 destinations to visit next year. A poll, taken on the company's Facebook page, saw New York taking the top spot, with 22 percent of respondents wanting to visit the Big Apple in 2013.
The survey, taken by over 2,660 users, revealed that the Facebook fans also wanted to fly to Australia (eight per cent), Hong Kong (seven per cent), Rio de Janeiro (five per cent) and Dubai (three per cent).
The data from the Facebook poll was added to company data and the overall list was compiled by a panel of experts who then came up with British Airways’ top 13 for 2013 selection. Topping the combined list was Sri Lanka, which has seen a significant boost in tourism recently. Destination manager for British Airways, Ash van Wensveen said that there had been a “real buzz about Sri Lanka” lately.
“For a small island it offers a lot, from endless beaches, to elephant treks and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit, it's hard to think what Sri Lanka doesn't offer," explained Mr van Wensveen.
In second place was Rio de Janeiro, a city that is expecting a big increase in tourism with the build up to the 2016 Olympic games and also the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Third place was awarded to Seoul, South Korea, a destination that BA has recently announced additional routes to. British Airways’ commercial manager Mike Rock said, "there's a lot happening in Korea right now, business is thriving and it’s a tourist destination on the up. The mega metropolis is home to some 10 million people, and is attracting a fresh new audience."