Top 19 must-see destinations in 2019

British Airways has revealed its annual travel predictions for the year ahead selecting the top 19 must-see destinations for 2019.

Claire Bentley, managing director of British Airways Holidays, said: “Holiday-makers are always looking for top tips to explore the latest and coolest destinations. Our short list plays a part in the detailed planning for our new routes in the year again as we sift through scores of destinations around the world to find out where are our customers are planning to go, and which up-and-coming cities to add to our worldwide network.”

“Our travel experts review each destination to determine where the next breakout place to visit, and we have a brilliant mix of new and everyday popular destinations that we believe will be big for 2019.”

The list contains the most highly-anticipated events and new routes, which includes everything from the popular party hotspot of Las Vegas, to the budding land of Osaka and the romantic retreat of the Seychelles. For those wanting to stick closer to home, Cologne and Kos are tipped for popularity next year with the introduction of British Airways direct flights.

British Airways Top 19 for 2019 features:

1) Durban

Durban features on the list for the first time and is a must see for 2019. Located on South Africa’s sublime Indian Ocean coast, 350 miles south-east of Johannesburg, Durban is a tropical, urban gem, trendy bars and stylish restaurants overlooking the azure ocean and sweeping beaches.

2) Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has a thriving arts, culture and food scene as well as vast range of outdoor activities afforded by the great rivers, green valleys and majestic mountains. Pittsburgh has also been labelled ‘Robot City’.

3) Osaka

Osaka is a city that loves to eat: its unofficial slogan is kuidaore (‘eat until you drop’) and was recently named as the third most livable city in the world. Must dos include a stroll around Osaka castle, a visit to Universal Studios and a visit to one of the many animal petting cafes.

4) Marrakesh

Marrakesh is an exotic gateway to Africa with mountains, desert and opulent architecture. With so much on offer there is something for everyone –  hike up the Atlas Mountains, barter in the buzzing souqs, explore the ancient medina lanes or relax in a hammam.

5) Seychelles

A paradise for honeymooners, families and sun worshippers, the Seychelles is famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs. Made up of 115 diverse individual islands, there is something on offer ultimate relaxation or adventure, from snorkeling and scuba diving.

6) Barbados

Ringed by glittering azure waters, white-sand beaches fringed with palm trees and lush greenery, this genteel island makes for a truly special holiday. Soak up the history in Bridgetown, enjoy a spot of afternoon tea at a 17th-century plantation before heading to the legendary Fish Fry for dinner.

7) Toronto

Toronto is the biggest city in Canada and a metropolis with fantastic art, culture, sightseeing, restaurants and nightlife. The Toronto Film Festival, which draws global crowds and is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world attracting over 480,000 people annually.

8) Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city that begs to be explored. From the vaults and winds in the old town to the urban villages, it’s filled with quirky nooks and cozy cafés. Scotland’s remarkable capital is also one of its oldest cities is reflected in the stunning architecture, from the medieval castle on Castle Rock.

9) Sofia

Sofia is a cultured city, with domed churches, Ottoman mosques and monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel. Sofia is an hour and 45 minutes’ drive to Plovdiv, a European Capital of Culture for 2019. Sofia is also a mountain town. These mountains contain some of Europe’s cheapest skiing.

10) Salzburg

Salzburg is a firm favorite for those seeking a varied European break. With its world-famous Alpine setting, historic baroque buildings and architecture offers something for ski fans and culture seekers. Salzburg boasts a unique charm and appeal, making it unsurprising that it is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

11) Malta

Malta is one of the smallest counties in the world and a melting pot of Mediterranean culture. Made up of three tiny Islands on the southern edge of Europe, Malta packs glorious variety into its small archipelago.

12) Cologne

Known for its art, history and architecture, visitors to Cologne can immerse themselves in the avant-garde before enjoying a dish of the local specialty Himmel un Ääd, mashed potato with apple sauce and sausage.

13) Sydney

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is famous for its superb beaches, its vibrant cultural scene and for its cosmopolitan, international population. Epitomized by the iconic Opera house and Harbor bridge, the city offers fantastic shopping, great nightlife and divine dining.

14) Croatia

Croatia’s rare blend of glamour and authenticity have made it one of Europe’s hottest holiday destinations. Customers can fly to the fashionable setting of Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik, to the coastal city of Pula and to the capital Zagreb.

15) Kos

Surrounded by the crystalline blue waters of the Aegean Sea, Kos is an island of endless treasures. Ancient Greek ruins are scattered everywhere you turn, and a mighty medieval castle still watches over the harbor.

16) Cancun

Cancun is an endless adventure for the senses set in an area of rich cultural heritage. Alongside the high-rise hotels and world-renowned nightclubs, visitors will find ancient ruins, fresh seafood and delicious cocktails. With 14 miles of pure white sand, a spectacular barrier reef and myriad of brightly colored-fish, this Mexican coastal city is heaven for sun-seekers and watersports lovers.

17) Las Vegas

An oasis of indulgence on the desert, Las Vegas’ seduction is unrivalled. The neon strip promises excitement, entertainment, fortune and fame with its epic pool parties, whirlwind casinos, VIP experiences and 24-hour eateries.

18) Dubai

The epitome of glitz, Dubai is a place that must be seen to be believed. Space-age skyscrapers, endless desert, palm shaped archipelagos, opulent hotels and exceptional service make Dubai an exciting and decadent place to visit

19) Tokyo

Japan’s capital is set to be a popular attraction in 2019 as it hosts many matches in the Rugby World Cup. The bustling city mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers and streets thronging with traffic and hordes of pedestrians, to historic temples and traditional culture.