Vietnam, Mexico and Cuba prove popular for Brits
Vietnam has topped the list of the fastest-growing long haul destinations when it comes to popularity among British holidaymakers, a new poll has revealed.
The study, released yesterday (February 5th) by travel specialist Kuoni, also highlighted Mexico and Cuba, with possible reasons for the flurry of interest including the fact that they are wallet-friendly and offer great experiences for honeymoons and sightseeing experiences.
In particular, Vietnam has witnessed an outstanding increase in interest, jumping nine places in the rankings to the number 14 position on the best-selling destination list.
“Vietnam has seen huge developments in its tourism industry over the last few years with investment in a wide choice of hotels and sightseeing options,” commented Derek Jone, managing director of Kuoni.
“Access to the country has become much easier since Vietnam Airlines launched direct flights from the UK in 2011 and we’re now seeing the impact of that,” he added.
The company expects Vietnam to move into its top 10 rankings within the next year as interest continues to climb.
Mexico saw a huge leap from 29th to 17th at the end of last year, with the rising number of high-quality beaches given as a reason for its gaining popularity among the British public.
Despite notable gains from these destinations, the Maldives continued to dominate the listings thanks to its Robinson Crusoe-style desert islands, water sports options and picturesque local villages.
Thailand, Sri Lanka, the United Arab Emirates and the US rounded out the top five.
However, when flying long-haul, it’s particularly essential to book appropriate travel insurance before you leave as you’re a long way from home should things go wrong.
No matter how prepared you are, unanticipated problems can always arise, and dealing with them in an unfamiliar country always makes things more difficult.