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VIP NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2011

VIP DESTINATION: TOP 10 NEW YEARS EVE LOCATIONS

Times Square, New York. Pic: AP.Yes it's already that time of year - New Year's Eve and time to start planning your ultimate party destination. In this list of top 10 locations we take you from the fireworks Down Under in Sydney to the northern lights of Iceland to Prague's romantic central squares.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Pic: AFP.This has to be one of the world's ultimate New Year's Eve destinations. Not only is it summer down under, making for a very balmy night, but the harbour area in particular comes alive with one of the world's great fireworks displays. Sydney is one of the great festival cities of the world with plenty of action in the pubs, clubs, cafes, streets and districts all around. And the great thing is, if you've got a hangover the best place to spend New Years Day is at the beach swimming it off - so head to Bondi, Maroubra, Cronulla, Manly or one of the other city beaches afterwards.

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WHISTLER, CANADA

If you fancy a party in the snow the ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies could be just your thing. There's beer, people, ice and snow - a great combination.

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LONDON, ENGLAND

Pic: visitlondon.comWait for Big Ben to chime the hour and then the city will erupt with fireworks. South Bank is a good place to watch. London rarely sleeps and New Years Eve absolutely pumps. Head to your favourite bar or pub afterwards to join the action or simply wander the streets to see who or what you'll meet.

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LAS VEGAS, UNITED STATES

Joanne Lane - www.visitedplanet.comLas Vegas needs little excuse to party--most of the year is one big celebration--but on New Years Eve people head out onto the streets to celebrate particularly on The Strip in front of Caesars. Fireworks run from Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere. Downtown also has a block party for ticket holders.

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Beautiful Prague comes alive in winter when it's covered in snow and full of good cheer for New Years Eve. The Czechs know how to party and love fireworks - best seen from the hill to the Prague Castle. There are numerous pubs and cafes to hang out in all night.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Joanne Lane - www.visitedplanet.comIn the Netherlands you can let off your own fireworks and it can be rather mad with things exploding everywhere - particularly in Nieuwmarkt (Newmarket) Square. The tradition in Holland is to be out and about for the celebrations and many people hit the streets with bottles of champagne in hand. Dress warmly!

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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Joanne Lane - www.visitedplanet.comA quarter of a million people hang out on Princess Street come Hogmanay celebrations each year and enjoy the festivities and fireworks from atop the castle.

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Auckland is one of the earliest cities in the world to see the New Year. It's also summer in New Zealand so you don't have to rug up. The Viaduct Basin is the place to head with plenty of bars and restaurants to hang out in and join the celebrations which can get rowdy and messy. Ponsonby and Parnell are the other places for partying. If you want something a little quieter you can always head to the mounts in the city for a view of the fireworks.

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REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

To celebrate in really clean air consider heading to the world's most northernmost capital. Reykjavik has long, dark nights at this time of year and it can be cold but you'll also get the chance to see the stunning Northern Lights. In the city neighbours meet at large bonfires to herald in the new year and watch the fireworks. Downtown is also the place to hang out with lots of live music and plenty of action.

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BANGKOK, THAILAND


Joanne Lane - www.visitedplanet.comWith friendly locals, great hotels, elegant nightclubs, great food and plenty of expat party promoters there's plenty of good vibes happening in Bangkok for a party - and it isn't just the sleazy kind. There's a lot of energy in Bangkok and some good clubs and bars for a great night out come New Years Eve.

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