THE H1N1 pandemic and the global recession is shoring demand from the Middle East to the Far East, which, at press time, was free of swine flu and is perceived as a value-for-money destination.
Outbound Middle East agents at the recently concluded Arabian Travel Mart said they have noticed a shift in travel patterns where summer holiday bookings to the US and Europe were cancelled in favour of the Far East.
Dubai-based Al Rais Travel manager ?call centre, Mr Oscar George, said at press time, six families had changed their holiday destinations from the US to the Far East."Although the Euro is down, the Far East is still perceived as a value-for-money destination as ground arrangements are much cheaper," he said, adding that Malaysia remains a favourite, with Thailand not far behind.
Source : TTG
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