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Travellers skip world's wonders

travel Updated: Feb 17, 2012 20:15 IST
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There are the Seven Wonders of the World and then there are the New Seven Wonders of the World. And, then to add to the chaos there are arguments about which list is more accurate. As if all that was not enough, a recent survey gives a shock by revealing that one in five travellers (20%) do not even know of their existence. Worse still, one in three people (30%) have never visited any of them. Surprised? Read on. 

Hotels.com put global holidaymakers to the test to see if they knew their Great Wall of China from their Taj Mahal and, more importantly, if they had actually made the trip to see them. More than 2,500 travellers from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and UK participated in the survey carried out in November 2011.

The results showed that despite the appeal of the world's most spectacular natural wonders and man-made structures, some are barely visited by global travellers. These include Peru's Inca, sacred site Machu Picchu (5%) and Jordan's archeological desert phenomenon, Petra (6%). And tourism campaigns in India and Brazil are in dire need of overhaul too. Only one in 11 (9%) travellers have visited Christ the Redeemer, Brazil's statue of Jesus Christ and the Taj Mahal, India's marble mausoleum. On the other hand, Rome's ancient amphitheatre, the Colosseum (33%), and Beijing's Great Wall of China (17%) attract maximum tourists.

But when it comes to domestic travellers, India seems to have gotten its act right. The Taj Mahal in Agra is the most visited amongst Indians (90%). The Great Wall of China came in second (45%).

The research further revealed that Indians have also visited Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza (28%) and lighthouse of Alexandria (11 %). But they almost never make a trip to ancient wonders such as the Statue of Zeus at Olympia and Colossus of Rhodes.

But on the bright side, the survey revealed that all Indians were aware of the concept of 'Wonders of the World'.

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Almost one in three travellers have never visited any of the wonders.One in five travellers are not even aware of the concept of 'Wonders of the World'.The Colosseum of Rome attracted the maximum number of travellers.Only one in 11 travellers globally have visited the Taj Mahal.None of the Indian travellers surveyed have ever visited the Statue of Zeus at Olympia or Colossus of Rhodes.