Middle East tops the travel charts
15 August 2008
Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2008, Cox & Kings has launched its new Middle East brochure for 2009, featuring a comprehensive programme of escorted group tours and private tailor-made travel to the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. The company has announced record figures to the Middle East in the last twelve months, with a 67% increase in booking numbers to the region overall.
Cox & Kings’ Middle East Product Manager, Mark Stacey, says “we are delighted to see such a resurgence in the popularity of the Middle East. From Uzbekistan’s Islamic cities to Jordan’s Crusader castles and Morocco’s winding souks – the region has so much to offers visitors in the way of sites, history and culture. It also benefits from almost guaranteed weather conditions and short flight times.”
Syria has seen the biggest growth in the region, with passenger numbers up 365% on the same period last year. “Our group tour in Syria is extremely popular with first time visitors” explains Stacey “but we are also seeing more and more people opting for tailor-made visits to Syria. The Arab Capital of Culture for 2008, Damascus is a fascinating city that makes a great short break destination just five hours from the UK, or it can be combined with Istanbul and Aleppo by train”.