Wondering where to go on your next break away? What about Tanzania, the Maldives or Hong Kong? Because according to new research they’re the top three fastest growing destinations for Irish tourists!
Summer may be coming to an end but when it comes to travelling Irish tourists are going further afield then ever. So just where is the best long-haul destinations for Irish Tourists? Well, according to independent travel specialists Travel Counsellors it’s Tanzania, the Maldives and Hong Kong.
In fact, since last November, bookings for the east African country of Tanzania have risen by 399%; the Indian Ocean archipelago, the Maldives by 196%; and Hong Kong by 135%.
Long haul destinations in general are also up across the board, with Travel Counsellors reporting that bookings for winter 2018/2019 have increased by 26%. Summer 2019 long haul is also up, rising by 345% when compared to the same booking period last year.
The rise of interest in Tanzania is due to its top safari parks inland, combined with the beaches of Zanzibar. General Manager of Travel Counsellors Ireland, Cathy Burke says: “The safari options offer an authentic unspoilt experience, so people are going now before it gets too popular. There are also some memorable accommodation options now available like The Bush Rover Suites, which are full working Land Rovers that, once in-situ, fold out into elevated bedrooms with balconies.”
Why the Maldives?
Cathy added the Maldives is becoming increasingly popular with honeymooners, couples, and families. “Many of the islands offer all-inclusive; so what appears to be expensive is good value for money. As you have little to spend when you get there,” she said.
Why Hong Kong?
With Hong Kong, the rise in bookings is being attributed to the non-stop flight between Dublin and Hong Kong that is now available.
“Cathay Pacific launched its four times weekly service back in June. And it is proving very popular as a gateway to China and other parts of Asia,” stated Cathy.
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