Wow Deal Destinations for 2013

Seize flight deals to "Middle Earth."

New Zealand emerged from Australia's shadow with the "Lord of the Rings" movie franchise. The highly anticipated "Hobbit" trilogy will raise the country's profile again. This, coupled with more flights from carriers such as Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines in 2013, should trigger competitively priced trips for those in search of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins.

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Be a part of The Gathering 2013.

Ireland plans to woo the nearly 45 million Irish-Americans with The Gathering 2013, a yearlong event highlighting local celebrations and traditions. Motivated by a weakened economy and desire for tourism dollars, this push unleashes deals at a time when the U.S. dollar has gained strength versus the Euro.

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Find a flood of hotel deals on both sides.

Competition among Niagara Falls hotels is as fierce as the roar of the iconic falls. Hotels this year have been aggressively one-upping each other to the point where the value of perks, such as dining, casino and spa credits, essentially make the room free -- and this trend shows no signs of slowing.

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Sample an emerging Latin American hub.

"The only risk is wanting to stay." This tongue-in-cheek tourism tagline echoes the sentiment of airlines and hotels as they jockey for a foothold in this emerging hub for Latin America. Marriott and Hilton have moved in, and carriers such as JetBlue, Spirit and LAN are increasing flights. Competition breeds deals.

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Sail past icebergs & whales with cruise deals.

Fulfill the fantasy of floating past majestic icebergs, orcas and humpback whales aboard an Alaskan cruise. Major cruise lines such as Celebrity and Princess are adding more ships and departures to Alaska in 2013. With more cabins to fill, cruise lines are in a position to release more deals, especially for spring and late-summer travel.

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