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And mid-haul travellers who are looking for a taste of the exotic are turning their attentions to destinations in the Middle East including Israel, Jordan, Abu Dhabi and Egypt, according to a new poll conducted by Travelzoo. Questioning its 6.8 million subscribers across the UK, Germany, France and Spain the travel and entertainment deals provider found that 70% of Brits would be happy to return for a break in the Middle East, while the same percentage would recommend a holiday in the region to family and friends.
Despite this obvious enthusiasm for the Middle East as the perfect holiday location, 83% of poll respondents revealed that their travel agent had never suggested a holiday in region. This hasn’t deterred travellers from moving forward with their Middle East holiday plans, however, with almost a third of respondents revealing that they were planning to visit the region in the next 12-18 months.
Further findings from the survey revealed that UK travellers consider the Middle East to be a family-friendly destination while Brits were the least likely to be concerned about potential unrest in the region when compared to other EU countries.
Commenting on the appeal of the Middle East, Travelzoo's European managing director, Richard Singer said, “The Middle East offers the UK visitor a fantastic range of holiday experiences and guaranteed sunshine when much of Europe is still struggling to reach temperatures in double-digits. Once visited, this is a region people clearly fall in love with and it's great to see that UK travellers are feeling confident about visiting some of the lesser-known destinations as well as traditional favourites such as Dubai and Egypt's Red Sea area.”
If you are heading to a far-flung destination on holiday this year, it is important to organise worldwide travel insurance in advance.
Date Created: 19/05/2014