MoonRings Reveals Future 5 List of Distinctive Honeymoon Destinations for 2006

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While traditional honeymoon locales like the Caribbean and Mexico are perennially popular, many of today’s travel-savvy couples are seeking new destinations, like Australia and the Maldives, which offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As a guide for these trendsetters, MoonRings, Inc. has released its Future 5 list of distinctive honeymoon destinations for 2006.

Every year, approximately 2.4 million weddings take place and virtually all newlyweds, close to 99%, will embark on a honeymoon. While traditional honeymoon locales like the Caribbean and Mexico are perennially popular, many of today’s travel-savvy couples are seeking new destinations, like Australia and the Maldives, which offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As a guide for these trendsetters, MoonRings, Inc. has released its Future 5 list of distinctive honeymoon destinations for 2006.

“We are clearly seeing a trend towards more distant and off-the-beaten-path destinations,” explains Howard Green, CEO of MoonRings, Inc. “Some couples simply want to go somewhere their friends have never been, while others are motivated by the desire for personal enrichment.”

This growing interest in honeymoon travel beyond the norm can be traced to a number of influential factors: the increase in average age of brides and grooms means couples have more travel experience and greater disposable income prior to marriage; a wealth of information on the Internet has brought distant locations closer to home; and the surge in new, luxury-level accommodations in faraway places has made these lesser-known spots more alluring.

To assist progressive couples on their quest to find up-and-coming honeymoon destinations, MoonRings presents its Future 5 list for 2006:

Eco Paradise: Lord Howe Island, Australia

Only two hours by air from Sydney, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to rare wildlife, a perfect coral reef, and gorgeous natural scenery. To maintain its pristine environment, only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time.

Europe Less Traveled: Madeira, Portugal

Just off the east coast of Morocco, this island offers an eclectic mix of historical sights, small mountain villages, vibrant urban life, and fine food and wine. Hike along 2000-year-old “levada” aqueducts or soak up the dramatic coastal scenery while sipping distinct Madeira port wine.

Private Island Bliss: The Maldives

Ultra-exclusive luxury resorts, turquoise waters, and ubiquitous sunshine are what you will find in this remote Indian Ocean hideaway. Where else can you stay in an overwater bungalow and pamper yourself in the world’s first underwater spa?

Culture & Coast: Nha Trang, Vietnam

This islet-studded bay is destined to become one of Southeast Asia’s top coastal destinations. Encompassing expansive white sandy beaches, brand new luxury resorts, and vibrant local culture, Nha Trang is for those desiring a more enriching coastal experience.

Hawaii meets the Galapagos: The Seychelles

This archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean was once thought to be the site of the original “Garden of Eden". Elite resorts, striking boulder formations, and inspiring nature-based activities make this a true earthly paradise.

About MoonRings, Inc.

MoonRings, Inc. is an international travel company specializing in honeymoons, destination weddings and special occasion travel. The company takes a holistic approach to travel planning, offering concierge-level services designed to meet the needs of the discerning traveler. All programs are custom-tailored, and 24/7 assistance is provided while traveling. More information on the company is available online at http://www.moonrings.com.

Contact:

Maribel Perez, Communications Director

MoonRings, Inc.

Office direct: 312-261-5762

Mobile: 773-368-3995

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