1 – Maldives
The Maldives is Kuoni’s top destination for the 17th year running, with bookings up +6%. In 1972, Kuoni was the primary UK tour operator to supply Maldives holidays and therefore the region has seen steady growth, welcoming over 1.5 million visitors in 2019. the govt is hoping to extend worldwide visitor numbers to over seven million by 2027, helped by heavy investment in airport links, including the one billion USD development of Velana International Airport.
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Kuoni continues to cherry-pick the simplest resorts to make sure an authentic stay and new additions include Reethi Faru, with memorable dining locations including cabanas lit by flaming torches; and OBLU Select at Sangli, which features a dedicated adults-only island, and one among the Maldives’ first all-vegetarian restaurants. Seven islands are exclusive to Kuoni guests within the UK, including the new-look five-star Maafushivaru, opening in March, and Kuramathi Maldives, which continues to be Kuoni’s hottest island.
2 – Mauritius
Mauritius may be a steady favourite and has leapt up to the second place. The island isn’t almost the beaches – travellers are tempted by stunning national parks, botanical gardens, rum factories and Port Louis, one among the simplest cities within the world for street food. It’s an excellent all-rounder, appealing to families and honeymooners, with hotels starting from the luxurious pool villas and butler service at Maradiva; to Kuoni’s best-seller, the rustic-chic all-inclusive Zilwa Attitude, where you’ll prefer to have dinner with an area family in their home or sail across to a deserted island for a barbecue.
Social and environmental sustainability practices are getting key selling points for Mauritius hotels looking to draw in the conscious traveller, and new additions like Lagoon Attitude are making an impression with a ban on single-use plastic, eco-workshops and therefore the promotion of a Mauritian-made 100% natural sun cream to scale back the danger of coral damage.
3 – Thailand
Thailand remains in Kuoni’s top three destinations for 2020 and Koh Samui, Bangkok and Phuket still be top sellers, helped by Kuoni exclusive hotels – Rocky’s Boutique Resort in Koh Samui and Marina Phuket Resort. the most important areas of growth are Khao Lak and Koh Phangan, fuelled by new hotels like Kalima Resort & Spa Khao Lak, which is tucked away within the mangrove forest on the brink of a gorgeous, almost deserted, stretch of unspoilt beach.
The majority of Kuoni’s bookings are twin centres, but the corporate has seen a surprising 10% increase for 2020 holidays taking in three or more stops. Guests aren’t staying longer than the normal 10-14 night itineraries, but are adding an additional destination to ascertain more during their holiday. Kuoni has seen interest in Singapore and Koh Samui combinations, due to an immediate flight with Singapore Airlines; and 33% of Kuoni’s Thailand bookings are made through Kuoni’s northern stores, pushed by Qatar Airways and Emirates flights from airports including Glasgow and Manchester.
4 – Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has dropped two places in Kuoni’s top 10 thanks to the 2019 Easter bombings, where the FCO advised UK citizens against about essential travel for a period of six weeks. This affected forward bookings for 2020, though tourism is returning and shows resilience, helped by some great value offers. Sri Lanka still sits within the highest five trending destinations for 2020 because the country is tough to replicate; an island with a various mixture of beaches, ancient cities, rock temples and therefore the chance to travel on safari – all easily combined in one holiday.
Kuoni’s private car and driver/guide service are one among the company’s biggest sellers, offering great value for exploring the island. When it involves group touring, Kuoni’s best-selling escorted small group tour is Sri Lanka Explorer, a 12-night discovery of the islands tea plantations, sacred cities, botanical gardens and wild elephant hotspots.
5 – Bali
Bali is up to one place in our top 10 and Kuoni customers still favour an Ubud and beach combination to experience two sides of the island. Bali is great to go to during our summer months and peak wedding season, so it’s a top choice for honeymooners. Kuoni’s experts have also seen an interest in Singapore and Bali twin-centres.
Kuoni has added new destinations like Lovina within the north of Bali, offering a less-commercialised experience of black sand beaches, local fishing communities and wild dolphin watching. Kuoni has also added new hotels in Lombok and therefore the Gili Islands, which include the fresh pool villas at The Kayana Lombok; and therefore the Royal Santrian Luxury Beach Villas in Bali is going to be exclusive to Kuoni guests within the UK from April 2020.
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