The number of families booking trips for the upcoming UAE National Day holiday has more than doubled from last year.
Emirates Holidays, the largest wholesale tour operator in the Gulf region, has seen its bookings increase significantly for this segment of customers, making up one-third of the company’s total reservations volume for this holiday period.
“We’ve seen booking confirmations come in the moment the National Day holidays were announced,” said Robin Parry, Vice President of Emirates Holidays. For all customer segments, the top holiday destination this year is the Maldives followed by Turkey, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Some are also taking advantage of the long holiday period to take extended trips to further-afield destinations, such as Orlando in the US.
Holidaymaker, Mr Rehman Tauseef-Ur selected a six-day, five-night package to Bangkok for his wife and three children. “We visited Orlando in the summer, so now we thought of seeing the other side of the world. My daughters, aged 21 and 14, have already identified outdoor activities, like ziplining, that they want to experience. We also plan to visit the historical sites,” said Mr Tauseef-Ur.
Another holidaymaker, Ms Natalia Nekhaeva, chose a six-day, five-night trip to the Maldives for her family of five. “When the National Day holiday dates were announced, I jumped at the chance to take my husband, mother and two children on a trip to spend some quality family time. We are looking forward to a relaxing experience soaking in the sun and sea and the beauty of the Maldives,” added Ms Nekhaeva.
For those who are still thinking of making some last-minute travel plans, Parry says it’s not too late. “Because of our scale, we’ve been able to work with our preferred partners to increase the number of holiday experiences available to our customers”. Holiday packages that are still available include a three-night stay in Sri Lanka from AED2,500 per person including breakfast; a three-night stay in the Maldives from AED5,875 per person, which includes complimentary airport transfers and a sunset cruise; a three-night stay to Bologna, Italy from AED 3,875 and a seven-night stay in Orlando, US from AED6,750 per person. The packages are inclusive of flights on Emirates Airlines.