(Rob Gill) The Maldives, Thailand and the US have maintained their places as the top three most popular long-haul destinations for Kuoni.
The operator’s annual Longhaul Report, which was first published in 1980, reveals the best-selling holiday destinations so far for 2010.
While the top three have stayed the same as in 2009, Sri Lanka and Malaysia have moved up the list to fourth and sixth places respectively.
Kenya and Mauritius were the destinations to drop out of the top 10 from last year. China and Hong Kong is a new entry at number eight and Singapore comes in at number 10.
Kuoni said destinations to watch out for this year included India, Oman, Indonesia and Cuba which were all showing momentum and just sitting outside the top 10.
Other trends identified by the operator include a desire by holidaymakers to “get under the skin of a country, to engage with locals or traditional and authentic experiences unique to the destination”.
Kuoni has also seen an improvement in early bookings thanks to free night and discount offers.
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