Shangri-La Paris. Photo: Handout
MANILA – A hotel booking website announced on Wednesday the results of its Global Honeymoon Survey, which showed the most preferred holiday destinations of newlyweds.
The survey, which was conducted online by Agoda.com in January and February 2014, asked over 15,000 customers across the globe to pick their dream honeymoon location among 20 destinations.
It showed that one in five travelers chose Maldives (20.3%), followed by the Greek islands (7.8%), Paris (7.6%), Bali (7.1%) and Hawaii (6.6%).
The rest of the top honeymoon destinations globally were Italy (6.5%), Caribbean Islands (5.7%), Tahiti (5.6%), New Zealand (5.2%), Istanbul (3.8%), Phuket (3.5%), Australia (3.4%), Prague (2.8%), Las Vegas (2.7%), New York (2.5%), Spain (2.5%), Cancun (2.4%), Rio de Janeiro (2.2%), Croatia (1.0%) and Montreal (0.9%).
“We know the Maldives is a popular destination for couples but we were surprised that its allure is so global. Among countries where we had more than 100 respondents, only three didn’t pick it as the most popular honeymoon destination – The Philippines, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand,” said Errol Cooke, vice president for Global Hotels at Agoda.com.
The top honeymoon destination among those surveyed in the Philippines is Paris (21.1%), with Maldives only at second place (15.2%).
Italy is at third place (10.7%) followed by the Caribbean Islands (6.4%), New York (5.1%), Australia (4.8%), Hawaii (4.3%), Bali (4.0%), Spain (3.5%), Las Vegas (3.5%), Prague (3.2%), Phuket (2.9%), Rio de Janeiro (2.4%), New Zealand (2.1%), Montreal (1.3%), Istanbul (1.1%), Croatia (1.1%) and Tahiti (0.3%).
Agoda.com noted that when it comes to honeymoons, Europeans usually refer far-flung places, while Asians are least likely to leave their region.