News for Jan. 20, 2003

New Zealand's Middle Earth takes the cake

1/20/03, 12:56 pm EST - Xoanon

SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- One of the world's largest travel publications has picked clean, green but quiet New Zealand as its top hotspot for 2003. New Zealand came out trumps after a survey of 450 Lonely Planet staffers, who were buoyed by the country's "breathtaking appearance" in the Lord of the Rings films, the group's global travel editor, Don George, said. [More]