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dnata Travel unveils top 5 summer holiday destinations

Summer holidays are behind us and dnata Travel, the UAE’s longest-standing travel provider, has announced its top five summer holiday destinations for 2022. In order of popularity, the top five are Turkey, Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives and Switzerland.

Thailand showed the biggest increase in popularity as a destination in terms of holiday bookings between June and September 2022 compared to the same period last year. Turkey, which was also among the top three summer travel destinations for 2021 according to dnata Travel, was the most popular summer holiday destination from the UAE this year. Turkey’s three most popular destinations for travellers from the UAE are the major city of Istanbul, as well as Bodrum and Antalya on the Turkish Riviera.

Meerah Ketait, head of retail and leisure in the UAE at dnata Travel, commented, “There has been a significant resurgence in international travel during the summer. Last year Maldives, Turkey and Switzerland accounted for over 40% of our bookings from June to September 2021 and over 25 destinations accounted for 40% of our bookings in the same period in 2022. Many additional destinations have opened for tourism and pent-up demand is encouraging travellers to explore more corners of the world, including lesser-known destinations and a variety of locations located in popular hotspots.

“Thailand is our top growth destination as bookings have increased significantly since the country opened fully to tourism, with demand driven by increased flight availability and the country’s incredible value for money offering.

“Turkey, which has become the top choice for summer holidays in 2022, also offers great value for money, while major investments in tourism with new world-class attractions, restaurants and accommodation options in Istanbul and the Turkish Riviera contribute to a steady influx of tourists from the UAE.”

Experts at dnata Travel are constantly monitoring travel trends, and Asia is predicted to continue to be popular thanks to an increase in bookings and online travel searches. Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia are showing signs of strong demand. As the festive season approaches, travel searches for Europe’s holiday market hotspots are already gaining momentum, particularly in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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