Top New Year destinations for 2009

Posted On December 16, 2009

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World’s most popular New Year cities for 2009 > Skyscanner revealed the most popular destinations that Brits are heading to for New Year.

The data, based on user flight searches on the Skyscanner site, threw up an intriguing mix of locations in sunny, city and even snowy destinations that Brits are travelling to for their New Year celebrations.

In the number one position, New York topped the bill as the most searched for destination, and was the only city outside of Europe to feature in the top ten.  The big apple has long been one of the most famous places to see in the New Year, and the weakening US dollar may help explain its popularity.

In second place was Tenerife, a long time favourite for Brits seeking escape from the UK’s winter gloom. Paris and Amsterdam ranked 3rd and 4th, London came in 5th, suggesting many British revellers will be ringing in the New Year on home turf or that they are using London as a connecting hub for onward travel.

Alicante and Malaga, also favourites of British holidaymakers appeared in 6th and 7th, making Spain the most popular country for Brits to celebrate New Year in overall. Edinburgh ranked 8th, suggesting that Hogmanay in the Scottish capital is still a big New Year destination for many in the UK.

Ranking 9th was Geneva, the massively popular ski hub, suggesting that a large proportion of Brits will be seeing in the New Year at one of the dozens of French or Swiss ski resorts that lie within 2 hours of the city. And at number 10 was Irish capital Dublin, which is well known for its New Year’s craic drawing thousands of Brits each year.

Here’s the Top 20 New Year Destinations from UK Airports >

1.  New York (USA)
2.  Tenerife (Spain)
3.  Paris (France)
4.  Amsterdam (Netherlands)
5.  London (UK)
6.  Alicante (Spain)
7.  Malaga (Spain)
8.  Edinburgh (UK)
9.  Geneva (Switzerland)
10. Dublin (Ireland)
11. Berlin (Germany)
12. Barcelona (Spain)
13. Bangkok (Thailand)
14. Prague (Czech Republic)
15. Lanzarote (Spain)
16. Belfast (UK)
17. Faro (Portugal)
18. Rome (Italy)
19. Madrid (Spain)
20. Glasgow (UK)

Ranking based on flight searches on Skyscanner from UK airports for travel over the New Year Period 09/10.

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