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Christmas bookings showcase popularity of Asian Destinations

Scraper1Asia Pacific destinations feature heavily on the wish lists of festive travellers, according to new data on Christmas bookings from Hotelbeds.

The survey shows that while demand for a Christmas break to Orlando, Florida, remains high, Phuket in Thailand was the second most popular destination for a festive holiday.

Other popular destinations include Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, meaning four of the top ten destinations are Asia Pacific countries.

HotelBeds revealed that the UK has become the firm’s biggest source market over the last year, closely followed by Spain and the USA, highlighting Brits’ thirst for travel.

Tenerife, Lanzarote and Benidorm top the list of foreign destinations for Brits, however breaks to Phuket, Orlando, New York and Gran Canaria have all increased.

The average break for a Christmas holiday was found to be 4.47 nights, with some Spanish destinations seeing average bookings of up to eight nights.

In terms of incoming bookings, numbers from Spain, the USA, Germany and the Netherlands have all increased this festive season.

Hotelbeds’ Managing Director, Carlos Munoz, said: “While the traditional Christmas destinations such as Orlando – well known for Disney – remain among the most popular with travellers who book via our customers, nonetheless a clear trend is emerging compared to last year, Asia Pacific destinations continue to be a growth market for us.”

Mr Munoz believes this trend for Asian Pacific destinations highlights traveller’s desire to explore destinations further afield and to head off the beaten track.

Airports in the Asia Pacific area showed the second-highest growth in passenger traffic during the first nine months of the year, according to figures from Airports Council International (ACI).

Passenger traffic in the area saw a 7.3% surge, second only to the 9.3% growth recorded in Europe, which is well above the global average growth of 6.5%.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad next year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 20 December 2017

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