New Zealand: Queenstown Region Makes Lonely Planet’s Top 10 List for 2012

Author: , November 12th, 2011

Influential travel authority Lonely Planet has chosen New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region, including popular lakeside resort Queenstown, as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions to visit in 2012.

The Southern Lakes region comprised of Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Fiordland is the only region in Australasia to feature in the new book, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 – the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.

Queenstown’s backdrop of the Remarkables mountain range and the nearby lakes area were introduced to cinema audiences around the world in Peter Jackson’s award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Lonely Planet Picks Coastal Wales as Top Region for 2012

Author: , November 11th, 2011

Coastal Wales is the greatest region on Earth to visit next year. This is the verdict of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012, the seventh annual collection of the best places to go and things to do around the world.

The highly anticipated title highlights 10 countries, 10 regions and 10 cities which have been handpicked by Lonely Planet’s travel experts as the best places to visit in 2012. “Beautiful and wild” Coastal Wales is the top pick of regions around the world.

The book, now available in stores and in a beautiful full-color digital edition, states; “What a wonderful thing: to walk the entire length of a country’s coastline, to trace its every nook, cranny, cliff-face, indent and estuary. How better to truly appreciate the shape – and soul – of a nation?

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Ignoring Kill the Gays Bill, Lonely Planet Calls Uganda “Number One Country” for 2012 Travel

Author: , November 3rd, 2011

The nearly 40-year-old publisher of guidebooks, Lonely Planet, has released their list of best destinations in the world and many are taking issue with the company’s proclamation that Uganda is the “Number One Country of 2012.” Uganda has been making headlines for the country’s proposed “Kill the Gays Bill” that would effectively imprison homosexuals for life and kill repeat offenders.

The country’s disregard for human rights has even prompted international sanctions against the African country with Britain leading the way. Also this year, homophobia in the country trickled down from legislatures to the people. Along with numerous attacks on LGBT organizations, the most shocking piece of news came in January when gay rights activist David Kato was brutally murdered.

So how could Lonely Planet hail Uganda as the Number One Country of 2012?

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