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Turkey top destination for Arabs
April 2018 6139

Turkey topped the list as the most popular holiday destination for Arab travellers among the countries analysed in a latest study.

Turkey is followed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Thailand, the US, the UK, Malaysia, France and Germany, according to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) from

Despite global increases in accommodation prices, the UAE and Saudi Arabia witnessed a decrease in prices paid per night for hotel accommodation by 4 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively, it said.

Isabelle Pinson, vice president, EMEA for brand, commented: “Although hotel prices rose for travellers globally in 2017, Arab travellers enjoyed great value for money in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and US – due to the decrease in daily room rates in these destinations.”

Globally, the HPI report revealed a 2 per cent increase in accommodation prices for the first Time in three years. Also, it was good news for newlyweds as they paid up to 18 per cent less ¬per night for popular honeymoon hotspots such as Cyprus (-18 per cent), Maldives (-5 per cent) and Italy (-12 per cent), compared to those booking in 2016.

Johan Svanstrom, president, brand said: "The slight increase in average accommodation prices globally combined with numerous markets having record visitor growth, signals a strong travel economy and a growing desire from consumers to experience the world. Cultural events have inspired travel more than ever before as we aspire not to just stand by and observe the action, but to instead actually be part of it. "

The HPI allows to highlight year-over-year variations in actual prices paid per night by travellers without foreign exchange fluctuations distorting the picture.   

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