Weddings are a magical occasion, full of joy, laughter and most importantly, love, and after the big day, there’s something truly special about heading away with your new other half. It appears that newly weds are of the same opinion and are choosing more lavish holidays then ever before, as revealed by and Emirates Ireland.
Taking a two-destination honeymoon has been revealed by the luxury airline as the biggest honeymoon trend for 2018.
Emirates also shared that Cambodia and Vietnam are destinations of choice for newly weds who have booked a trip, or two, in the New Year.
Speaking about the matter, Enda Corneille, country manager for Emirates Ireland, said that they “are experiencing year-on-year double digit growth in our honeymoon business, with all of our passengers heading east.
“According to the CSO2, there were 22,626 marriages in Ireland in 2016, an increase of less than 3% on the previous year.” This follows as for the second year in a row, a significant rise in honeymoon bookings from Ireland, which are 22%1 up on the same period last year.
Traditional honeymoon countries such as the Maldives and Mauritius are still very popular, however Corneille explained how Cambodia has proven to be the surprise hit of 2017.
“Emirates flies direct from Dublin to Dubai twice daily and from there, we connect honeymooners to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, where they can explore temples, visit historic landmarks, wander through bustling villages or simply relax and enjoy the country’s many tranquil beaches.”
“There could be any number of reasons for the hike in honeymoons to eastern destinations, but the likely explanation is Ireland’s recovering economy together with rebounding consumer confidence and the attraction of destinations such as Cambodia.”
Since launching their Dublin to Dubai flights this July, the airline explains that the growing trend consisted of couples booking a stop-over in sunny Dubai then following with a visit to any number of destinations in South Africa or the Indian Ocean.
“Other interesting pairings include the mountainous island of Phuket, which boasts some of Thailand’s most popular beaches and Ho Chi Minh, the historic capital of South Vietnam,” Corneille said.
“People are really taking advantage of the range of destinations they can visit and the relative ease with which they can reach them from Dublin via Dubai. And, for the holiday of a lifetime, they literally want to go the extra mile.”
According to Corneille, visiting Hanoi in the North of Vietnam then depart from Ho Chi Min in the south of the country is a great way to experience the different nuances of the culturally-rich country.
Emirates flies from Ireland to more than 150 traditional honeymoon destinations, exotic locations and hidden treasures across Asia, India, Australasia and Africa. Return flights vary of course – Dubai from €479, Phuket from €691, Bali from €748 and Ho Chi Minh from €749.
Visit www.emirates.ie for more information and bookings.