Company Puts World Wonders to Vote

A US travel company wants to create its own version of the wonders of the world, based on e-mail votes from travelers.

iExplore, which arranges “off-the-beaten-path” adventure travel and is 30 percent owned by the US magazine National Geographic, began a publicity campaign asking globetrotters to rank what they consider to be the “Seven Travel Wonders of the World.” Votes can be placed at the company’s Web site,, according to a release from the company.

“We all think we’ve traveled to some pretty extraordinary places,” said George Deeb, founder and CEO of iExplore, “but which spots deserve to be among the Seven Travel Wonders of the World?”

Among iExplore’s top 15 contenders for the travel crown are the temples of Angkor Wat, the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona and the migration of more than a million wildebeest across the Serengeti plain in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

iExplore’s other candidates include the Pyra­mids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The company will announce the winners on Sept 30.


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