Dubai is set to be one of the big travel hotspots in 2010, according to a report by a UK-based travel association.
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), which represents over 5,000 travel agencies and around 900 tour operations in the UK, published its ‘Travel Trends Report 2010’ on Tuesday and included Dubai as one of the locations it believes will be a tourist favourite next year.
“If you are after a bargain, Dubai will be a place to go in 2010. The state-backed Dubai World debt announcement at the end of November, has triggered a price war in hotel room rates to stimulate demand and a currency which is losing its value,” the report said.
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Earlier this month, figures from Hotels.com showed that online searches for hotels in Dubai rose 570 percent in the days after Dubai World’s announcement of its plans to restructure its debt.
The website also reported that prices for hotels in Dubai were set to drop by up to 17 percent in early 2010 compared to the sme period in 2009.
“Dubai also deserves to be a hotspot in 2010 for the opening of the world’s tallest tower, Burj Dubai, complete with an observation deck on the 124th floor on 4 January 2010,” the ABTA report added.
The ABTA also forecast that the release of the film ‘Sex And The City 2’ will give a boost to New York, the World Cup will lead to increased exposure for South Africa and the opening of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ in Universal Studios will generate interest in Orlando.
The ABTA report also highlights a trend in what it calls weddingmooning, where couples get married in one location overseas and then travel to another for their honeymoon afterwards. Again Dubai has been highlighted in this category.