EXPEDIA REVEALS TOP OUTBOUND MARKETS FOR UAE RESIDENTS
Leading online travel site explores most popular destinations
Dubai, UAE, 24April 2015– Expedia.com®, one of the world's largest full service online travel sites1, today released the list of the top 20 most popular outbound destinations from the United Arab Emirates, based on bookingsperformed on Expedia sites.The research examines passenger traffic out of the UAE, with Cairo, Egypt taking the lead over other international cities, followed by Amman in Jordan and Beirut in Lebanon.
“Expedia outbound passenger data examining the most popular destinations for UAE residentsfound that three MENA cities topped the poll. In terms of international destinations, London is ranked in fourth place, illustrating its enduring popularity within the Middle East, ahead of New York in ninth place and Paris ranked at 15,” Expedia Director of E-Commerce Eman Barhoumeh said.
Top 20 outbound travel destinations for UAE residents in 2014 based on year over flight bookings include:
- New York
- Kuwait City
- Washington DC
“Furthermore,Cairo experienced the most substantial growth with over a 70% increase in bookings in 2014 in comparison to 2013, closely followed by Riyadh. We also witnessed a sizable increase in flights to Colombo with over 55%, followed by Beirut and Kuwait City at 45% and 40% respectively,” Barhoumeh explained.
Based on bookings and year-on-year comparisons, Expedia predicts that Cairo, Beirut and Amman will be the top outbound travel destinations for June and July 2015. New York and London are expected to each move up in the ranking to fourth and fifth places, respectively.Other popular destinations included Toronto, Washington DC, Atlanta, Paris and Bangkok.
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