(PRWEB) January 25, 2007
TravellersConnected.com , a free UK travel Web site featuring travel forums and travelling information, asked 2,800 gap year and long-term travellers around the world to name the European country they most wanted to visit. Incredibly, Kazakhstan , brought into the limelight by Sacha Baron-Cohen in his Golden Globe-winning performance as Borat, was the third most popular choice.
The overall winner was Italy with 22% of the vote, while the UK got a very commendable second place with 18%. Kazakhstan came in third with 16% - ahead of the likes of Spain (12%), France (10%) and Greece (7%).
Raw Data – Top 10 Choices
1. Italy - 22%
2. UK - 18%
3. Kazakhstan - 16%
4. Spain - 12%
5. France - 10 %
6. Greece - 7%
7. Turkey - 5%
8. Austria - 4%
9. Germany - 3%
10. Holland - 3%
Alastair Banks, one of the seven founders of the TravellersConnected travel Web site , gave his views on the result:
“It’s really quite fantastic what Borat has done to raise the public profile of Kazakhstan. For the country to get more votes than Spain demonstrates the sheer power of the media. When we compiled the same survey last year Kazakhstan barely got any votes at all!”
Alastair continues, “We understand that Kazakh president Nursaltan Nazarbayev thought that Borat had damaged the world’s perception of Kazakhstan. For the right reasons or wrong, it looks however that the film has really put the country on the map.”
TravellersConnected have since learnt that Air Astana has now put a third scheduled weekly flight into Almaty, Kazakhstan from London to cope with surge in demand.
TravellersConnected.com is rapidly becoming the travel Web site of choice for gap year travellers, career breakers and adventure travellers. TC was featured in The Times top 120 travel Web sites and is affiliated with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Lonely Planet, Hostel World & STA Travel. The ethos behind the creation of TC is that travellers and those thinking of travelling can get real time information from one another without the need to rely on guidebooks, which quickly become out of date, can be biased and also cost money.
Each TC member has a profile page enabling users to find other like-minded individuals to contact and potentially with which to travel. As members travel, the Web site will track their progress, using global IP recognising system to monitor which country they are in. Members can contact fellow travellers in future destinations to get up to the minute, unbiased advice on where to go, what to see and what to avoid when they get there. The travel Web site not only allows individuals to contact one another for advice but also allows them to create a free online journal (blog) with which to document their travels.
For further details please contact TravellersConnected.com: 0845 029 16 16, or Andrew Kings: 07939 256313
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