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Dubai named most popular long-haul hotspot for UK tourists

Southall Travel's booking data also says Abu Dhabi is one of the fastest growing city destinations

Dubai named most popular long-haul hotspot for UK tourists
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Dubai is the most popular long-haul city break destination among British holidaymakers, according to booking data at Southall Travel.

The sun soaked city welcomed a record 1.2 million British travellers last year and current booking trends suggests 2016 could be another record year, the travel firm said in a statement.

New York was named the second most popular long-haul city break destination followed by the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, home of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Singapore was ranked the fourth most popular destination followed by the fabulous city of Hong Kong.

Booking data at Southall Travel also revealed that Abu Dhabi is the fourth fastest growing long-haul city destination among UK tourists.

Southall said Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, is now challenging Dubai as a hot spot city break destination with bookings up 24 percent.

Las Vegas was named as the fastest growing long haul city break destinations among British travellers, followed by Bangkok, Singapore, and Mumbai behind Abu Dhabi in fifth place.

Kuljinder Bahia, managing director of Southall Travel said: “Las Vegas is becoming a very popular city break destination with British travellers heading to the entertainment capital of the world in their droves.

"Our booking data shows that we are becoming more and more adventurous with our travels with destinations such as Abu Dhabi and Mumbai now becoming firm favourites amounts British holidaymakers.”

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H.T 3 years ago

who is Southall Travel? and why is AB so excited about its press release?
You want true statistics of popular long haul travel from the UK? Turn to the UK's CAA database and check out ACTUAL long haul travel from all UK airports and you'll see just how inaccurate the above piece of news is.
Before reporting, check on how good your source is. After all, your own reporting standard shall be just as good.