By Staff writer
American city of New Orleans tops the latest Which? survey for value for money holidays
Dubai has failed to impress in a recent survey of British holidaymakers, with the UAE city deemed “poor value for money”.
The study by Which? magazine found the best long-haul city in the world to visit was the Louisiana city of New Orleans.
The consumer title asked thousands of British holidaymakers to rate recent trips to cities around the world across a range of categories including quality of the cultural attractions, accommodation, shopping, food, value for money and how crowded it was.
New Orleans achieved a score of 90 percent, for its laid back nature, friendly locals, fusion cuisine and the ease of getting around.
In previous years the African city of Cape Town topped the list, but this year it slipped to 8th place, behind Singapore, Sydney, Chicago, Jaipur, Tokyo and Washington DC.
Dubai ranked 4th from the bottom with a score of 62 percent, with the American cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Miami at the bottom of the list. The Emirati city rated highly for hotels and accommodation, but only two stars for food and accommodation, tourist attractions, ease of getting around the value for money.
Abu Dhabi fared slightly better with a score of 65 percent.
Rory Boland, travel editor at Which?, said: “What the destinations at the top of our survey all have in common is visitors thought they were fantastic value for money – which may not mean cheap, New Orleans certainly isn’t, but that the food, the accommodation and the attractions were well worth the money spent on them.
“And poor value for money is what Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Dubai all share. It doesn’t matter if you have Universal Studios, Celine Dion shows or the world’s tallest building when visitors feel like they are being ripped off.”
While Dubai may have ranked low in the Which? survey, the strength in the British currency over the last year means Dubai is one of the best long-haul destinations for British holidaymakers, according to a survey by Post Office Travel Money.
Over the last year, the British currency was 4.5 percent stronger against the UAE dirham – which is pegged to the US dollar – according to the report.
“Dubai emerges from the survey as the cheapest long haul beach resort at £1,081 [$1,403] per person for a week’s holiday,” the Post Office survey found.
“The emirate benefited from the low cost of a one-week holiday package in early January. However, despite the fact that sterling currently buys 4.5 percent more UAE dirham than a year ago, meals and drinks in Dubai were the most expensive of the 12 destinations surveyed at £392 per person. Visitors to Dubai might therefore, says Post Office Travel Money, be better off choosing an all-inclusive resort,” the survey added.
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