SINGAPORE, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
A study by leading travel search site Skyscanner has shown there can be huge misconceptions between the perceived cost of holiday destinations and the actual costs.
The annual study of 30 popular holiday destinations revealed that India is perceived to be the cheapest country by tourists while in fact it came in fifth place in the actual cost rankings and when the cost of flights from the UK was factored in, India came in 16th place in the overall rankings, beating destinations such as Brazil and Mexico and making it the cheapest long-haul destination for British tourists.
However, in some cases tourists were very accurate in their perception. Thailand was in second place both in terms of the public's perception and the actual country cost.
On the other hand, Japan was overestimated by the public and was actually cheaper than perceived, jumping 13 places from fourth most expensive to number 14 in the actual country cost rankings.
Skyscanner's Market Development Manager for India, Kavitha Gnanamurthy, commented: "While the public's perception of holiday costs in Asia varies, our study confirms that countries such as India offer tourists some of the best value in the world and of course an abundance of beautiful scenery and historic monuments."
Actual Country Actual Country Cost Cost Ranking Incl. Perceived Country Ranking (one day Flights (one week Rank Cost Ranking cost) cost) 1. India Morocco Poland 2. Thailand Thailand Germany 3. Poland Poland Portugal 4. Morocco Portugal Spain 5. Egypt India UK 6. Mexico Spain Ireland 7. Croatia Egypt Morocco 8. Dominican Republic Ireland France 9. Brazil UK Egypt 10. Portugal Germany Greece 11. Greece New Zealand Croatia 12. South Africa Cyprus Italy 13 Spain Iceland Denmark 14. USA Japan Sweden 15. Cyprus Mexico Cyprus 16. Russia South Africa India 17. Canada Greece Iceland 18. New Zealand Dominican Republic Switzerland 19. Germany France Russia 20. Australia Croatia Dubai 21. Italy Dubai Thailand 22. Ireland Italy South Africa 23. France Canada Japan 24. UK USA Canada 25. Dubai Australia USA 26. Iceland Russia Dominican Republic 27. Japan Denmark Australia 28. Denmark Sweden Mexico 29. Sweden Brazil New Zealand 30. Switzerland Switzerland Brazil
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