2013 travel hot spots

2013 travel hot spots

Ireland, Myanmar, Gettysburg among highlights
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Director Steven Spielberg, left foreground, greets members of “The President’s Own Band,” a musical group of Civil War re-enactors, during a ceremony last month to mark the 149th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address at Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. Gettysburg is expecting an increase in visitors in 2013 as the town marks 150 years since the famous Civil War battle with a variety of events.
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Some costumes, props and memorabilia created for the “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies are displayed in a mini-museum at Weta Cave in Wellington, New Zealand. Tourism to New Zealand soared following the release of films in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and some observers are expecting the country to be a hotspot in 2013, as well, with the release of the new movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
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President Barack Obama tours the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, during a visit in November. The U.S. Tour Operators Association has ranked the country No. 1 on a list of “off the beaten path” destinations for the new year.
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Tourists visit Trinity College in central Dublin, Ireland. Ireland’s “The Gathering” is inviting those who are “Irish-born, Irish-bred and Irish in spirit” to visit the country, with more than 2,000 events already planned.
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