India has been voted the top future
global destinations by travellers from the UAE.
India (27 per cent), UK (23 per cent) and Singapore (20
per cent) have been voted the preferred future global
destinations for travellers from the Emirates, according to
the Visa Global Travel Intentions Survey 2011.
The results come after 503 UAE residents were surveyed
as part of a global study among 11,620 respondents from 23
countries and territories around the world.
Results from the survey also reveal that the global
average spend for the last trip taken by respondents in the
past two years was USD 1,481, rising to an expected global
average of USD 1,895 when travelling in the next two years.
The survey also found the availability of good deals (70
per cent), natural scenery (69 per cent), political stability
and good weather (both 66 per cent), and new destinations (65
per cent) as top factors which influence global travellers'
choice of destinations.
Kamran Siddiqi, General Manager for Visa Middle East,
said, "With such a diverse cultural make-up in the UAE, it's
no surprise to see such a variety of destinations making an
India is consistently popular with people living in the
UAE because it is home to a large population of expatriate,
Indians who come to work here in the UAE, and because of its
relatively close proximity, extensive and good value travel
links, and exotic reputation that makes it an aspirational
destination to visit," he said. PTI CORR BDS