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Travellers unaware about Wonders of the World

A survey reveals that one in five travellers (20 per cent) do not even know of their existence. Worse still, one in three people (30 per cent) have never visited any of them. Surprised? Read on.

travel Updated: Feb 15, 2012 18:38 IST

A Global survey reveals that 20 per cent travellers are unaware about 'Seven Wonders of the World', Indians like visiting Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China

There are the 'Seven Wonders of the World' and then to add to the chaos, there are the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. But the arguments on which list is more accurate has just received a shock.

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 per cent) and Jordan's archaeological desert phenomenon, Petra (6 per cent).

And tourism campaigns in India and Brazil are in dire need of overhaul too. Only one in eleven (9 per cent) 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 per cent), and Beijing's Great Wall of China (17 per cent) 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 per cent). The Great Wall of China came in second (45 per cent).

The research further revealed that Indians have also visited Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza (28 per cent) and lighthouse of Alexandria (11 per cent). 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 it revealed that all Indians were aware of the concept of 'Wonders of the World'. At least that is something to write home about.


Small details
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

- Compiled by Sneha Mahale