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Festive Britons swap white Christmas for a warm Christmas

Southall Travel reveals most popular long haul destinations.

Booking data at leading long haul holiday company Southall Travel, has revealed Dubai as the most popular hot spot for Britons spending Christmas abroad this year, with the neighbouring Emirate of Abu Dhabi taking second place.

Research conducted by Southall Travel suggests that many British holidaymakers are dreaming of a warm Christmas this year, with destinations across the UAE enjoying average temperatures in the mid 20’s during December.

The Thai capital of Bangkok is the third most popular long-haul destination amongst British travellers this Christmas, followed by the sun-kissed island nation of Mauritius.

The Big Apple completes the list of the top five most popular destinations this festive season.

Top 10 best-selling destinations this Christmas:
1. Dubai
2. Abu Dhabi
3. Bangkok
4. Mauritius
5. New York
6. Mumbai
7. Goa
8. Phuket
9. Maldives
10. Delhi

Whilst overall, Mauritius is the fourth most popular destination over the Christmas period, the island nation is the fastest growing destination with bookings up a whopping 65% on the same period last year.

The Emirate city of Abu Dhabi is the second fastest growing destination (up 59%), followed by Phuket (up 57%).

Jaymin Borkhatria, Sales Director at Southall Travel comments: “We are seeing a significant surge of bookings for travel over the festive period which suggests more and more Brits are looking to experience an alternative Christmas in the sun.”

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.