Top spenders and destinations revealed

2013-05-03 11:34

Singapore - In what may come as little surprise, Saudi Arabians have emerged as the highest rollers when it comes to global travel, spending an average of about $6 670 (R59 704) per trip, followed by Australian and Chinese globetrotters.

That's according to a recently released report from Visa's Global Travel Intentions Study 2013, described as a barometer of travel trends around the world.

After surveying 12 630 travelers from 25 countries, the report found that Saudi Arabians are the top spenders, shelling out an average of $6,670 (R59 704) per trip.

Aussies spend an average of $4 118 (R36 861) while abroad, while Chinese holiday-makers spend $3 824 (R34 229).

On a global scale, the average travel budget is projected to spike from $2,390 (R21 393) per trip to $2 500 (R22 378) this year.

Where that differs dramatically, meanwhile, is within Asian markets - particularly in Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong - where travel budgets are expected to nearly double (46%) that of their last trip.

The results of the report suggest either economic recovery or a growing appetite for larger travel budgets, says Visa.

Most popular countries

Meanwhile, the most popular travel destination both in recent months and for 2013 is the US, as 17% of respondents said they traveled to the country in the last two years, while 10 percent said they were planning a trip to the US within the year.

Other top destinations over the last two years included the UK and France (both 12%), China, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong (all 10%).

And 31% of global travel is expected to take place in Asia this year, says the report, with Australia and South Korea emerging as some of the preferred destinations for future travel.

While Saudi Arabians may be the biggest spenders per trip, Chinese travellers were revealed to be the overall biggest spenders, splashing out a record $102 billion (R927 billion) on trips abroad in 2012, the UN World Tourism Organisation said earlier this year.

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