Far East stopover market broadens

Far East stopover market broadens

HONG KONG and Singapore are the two most popular choices for people wanting to break their journeys to Australasia, but others such as Bangkok, Bali and Kuala Lumpur are attracting an increasing amount of stopover traffic.

Mandy Miller of British Airways Holidays said: "Bangkok is getting more popular because it is one of the cheapest cities in Asia for accommodation and food, and it is a great place to break a journey because there is so much to see and do."

BAH offers accommodation at the five-star Shangri La from £32 per person per night during August and September.

Kuala Lumpur is becoming a more popular stopover destination due to the fact that some of British Airways' flights to Australia operate via the Malaysian capital.

British Airways Holidays is offering stopovers in the city from £19 a night at the five-star Shangri-La, while Dream Journeys is offering two nights in the city from £35.

Dream Journeys general manager John Morris said: "A lot of people are stopping off in Kuala Lumpur for the shopping because it offers unbelievable value for money."

Kuoni's Linda Miles said Bali was also gaining in popularity as a stop-off point. It is now the operator's third most popular stopover destination after Hong Kong and Singapore. She said: "It's a good place to relax and recover from a long journey. It offers people a good alternative to breaking their journey in a city."

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