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Tourists' Perceptions of Holiday Costs in Asia Vary Widely, Reveals Skyscanner

4th June 2012 | 3.210 Views
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SINGAPORE, June 4, 2012 (ANTARA/PRNewswire-AsiaNet)--

     A study by leading travel search site Skyscanner [ ] has shown there can be huge misconceptions between the perceived cost of holiday destinations and the actual costs.

     The annual study of 30 popular holiday destinations revealed that India is perceived to be the cheapest country by tourists while in fact it came in fifth place in the actual cost rankings and when the cost of flights [ ] from the UK was factored in, India came in 16th place in the overall rankings, beating destinations such as Brazil and Mexico and making it the cheapest long-haul destination for British tourists.

     However, in some cases tourists were very accurate in their perception. Thailand was in second place both in terms of the public's perception and the actual country cost.

     On the other hand, Japan was overestimated by the public and was actually cheaper than perceived, jumping 13 places from fourth most expensive to number 14 in the actual country cost rankings.

     Skyscanner's Market Development Manager for India, Kavitha Gnanamurthy, commented: "While the public's perception of holiday costs in Asia varies, our study confirms that countries such as India offer tourists some of the best value in the world and of course an abundance of beautiful scenery and historic monuments."

                                                 Actual Country
                             Actual Country Cost Cost Ranking Incl.
         Perceived Country   Ranking (one day    Flights (one week
     Rank Cost Ranking        cost)               cost)
     1.   India               Morocco             Poland
     2.   Thailand            Thailand            Germany
     3.   Poland              Poland              Portugal
     4.   Morocco             Portugal            Spain
     5.   Egypt               India               UK
     6.   Mexico              Spain               Ireland
     7.   Croatia             Egypt               Morocco
     8.   Dominican Republic  Ireland             France
     9.   Brazil              UK                  Egypt
     10.  Portugal            Germany             Greece
     11.  Greece              New Zealand         Croatia
     12.  South Africa        Cyprus              Italy
     13   Spain               Iceland             Denmark
     14.  USA                 Japan               Sweden
     15.  Cyprus              Mexico              Cyprus
     16.  Russia              South Africa        India
     17.  Canada              Greece              Iceland
     18.  New Zealand         Dominican Republic  Switzerland
     19.  Germany             France              Russia
     20.  Australia           Croatia             Dubai
     21.  Italy               Dubai               Thailand
     22.  Ireland             Italy               South Africa
     23.  France              Canada              Japan
     24.  UK                  USA                 Canada
     25.  Dubai               Australia           USA
     26.  Iceland             Russia              Dominican Republic
     27.  Japan               Denmark             Australia
     28.  Denmark             Sweden              Mexico
     29.  Sweden              Brazil              New Zealand
     30.  Switzerland         Switzerland         Brazil

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     SOURCE: Skyscanner