Dubai named UK’s favourite long-haul city-break destination

A travel and holiday survey conducted by Southall Travel, one of the UK’s largest travel companies, has revealed Dubai as the nation’s favourite long-haul city break destination, gaining 25% of all votes. Qatar Dubai

The survey of 1,400 British flyers named Dubai, which is expected to welcome one million British visitors during 2016, their favourite long-haul destination beating New York to the top spot.

New York, which attracted an incredible 56m people from around the globe last year, was named the second favourite long-haul city break destination amongst British travellers with 12% of the vote.

Travellers named the Thai capital of Bangkok as their third favourite long-haul city break destination with 8%, whilst Sydney came in fourth with 6% of the vote.

Singapore completes the top five favourite city break destinations for British travellers, coming in fifth place with 5% of the vote.

In the favourite long-haul beach category, Thailand topped the poll with 16% of all votes, followed by the Maldives with 15%.

Mauritius, a long-time favourite amongst newlyweds, was named the third most popular long-haul beach destination with 14%, followed by Australia (9%) and Bali(6%).

Commenting on the results, Kuljinder Bahia, managing director of Away Holidays said: “Dubai has become an incredibly popular destination for British holidaymakers over the past few years and the numbers of visitors is growing each year. Dubai is a wonderful destination with some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and offers fantastic shopping opportunities. Once only a destination for backpackers, Thailand is now a popular beach destination for all kinds of travellers and I believe will become even more popular over the coming years.”


Top five long haul city break destinations:

Favourite long haul city destinations % of the vote
1.       Dubai 25%
2.       New York 12%
3.       Bangkok 8%
4.       Sydney 6%
5.       Singapore 5%


Top five long haul beach destinations:

Favourite long haul beach destinations % of the vote
1.       Thailand 16%
2.       Maldives 15%
3.       Mauritius 14%
4.       Australia 9%
5.       Bali 6%


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