New York has been named the most popular destination for long-haul flights, but the Far East is also proving popular with holidaymakers because of its low prices, according to statistics released today.
The Big Apple beat stiff competition from Thailand and the Maldives in the Far East to top the list of the most-visited long-haul destination of 2012.
New York has been popular with holidaymakers this year for summer trips, Christmas shopping breaks, twinned holidays with Boston and early bookings for 2013, says luxury holiday company Hayes & Jarvis.
Another American destination, Las Vegas, came fourth in the list, with holiday bookings boosted by high demand for trips combining Sin City with San Francisco or Hawaii.
However, the Far East was also extremely popular with holidaymakers, with Thailand and the Maldives the second and third most booked destinations.
Thailand’s popularity has been boosted by cheap flights, with seven night breaks to Phuket available for less than £500, while Mauritius has been popular as its prices remain the same throughout the autumn and winter months.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean has been named as the cheapest long-haul destination, according to new figures from the Post Office.
It beat Vietnam and Indonesia in the Far East, thanks to its low food and drink prices, whilst Mexico was named cheapest long-haul destination in the Americas.
It’s bad news for Australasia though, as Australia and New Zealand were two of the most expensive long-haul destinations.
South Korea was named as the most expensive long-haul destination in the world.
Will you be going on a long-haul holiday this year?
Hayes & Jarvis Top Ten Long Haul Destinations 2012
1. New York
4. Las Vegas
9. St Lucia
Source: Yahoo! Travel