France named as top travel destination for 2014

The country has been named as the favourite of many high profile travel journalists and editors in one of the most competitive categories in a recent survey compiled by the travel inspiration website The survey asked the likes of Ben Fogle and Simon Calder a series of questions on their favourite travel destinations, which resulted in France coming out on top in the prestigious ‘favourite country’ category.

Followed closely by India and Italy, France was still by far the favoured destination amongst those questioned in a survey that is described as the biggest survey of the UK’s travel journalists, with more than 100 writers and editors taking part. In addition to being voted as their favourite country, France also came second - right behind the U.S. - when the participants were asked ‘If you had to pay for one proper holiday in 2014, where would you go?’

Paris performs strongly in ‘favourite city’ poll

It is little wonder why, either; with so many exciting new attractions coming to France in 2014, travel editors and writers are extremely enthusiastic about visiting the country this year. Guests on river cruises passing through Paris will be excited to learn that the Picasso Museum’s makeover should be completed and the museum reopened this year, as well as online bookings for the Eiffel Tower being made possible for the first time.

The French capital of Paris came third in the survey’s ‘favourite city’ category, only being surpassed by New York and London, which came as further proof of the country’s enduring popularity among travellers. Those questioned boast highly reputable backgrounds, having been published in the likes of the Sunday Times, Tatler and Lonely Planet, and have a combined experience of 1,769 years in the industry; this suggests that they certainly know what they are talking about when choosing France as their favourite country in the world.

Coming second in the ‘pay for one proper holiday in 2014’ category was also greeted as good news for the nation’s tourism sector, with France being seen as a place for which people are willing to pay substantial amounts to see and somewhere that the experts would genuinely enjoy going to themselves, rather than simply for their work. To book your own luxury French holiday, see Scenic Tours’ list of French cruises for 2014.

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