Friday, 28 September 2012 10:26 AM
New research released today suggests Kate and Will’s recent trip to south-east Asia had no effect on holiday bookings.
Popular blog TravelMole asked its readers ‘Will and Kate spark bookings bonanza for southeast Asia. Does it spark you?’
The result was an overwhelming “no” with 68 per cent of respondents saying the royal couple had little effect on their holiday plans.
Only 32 per cent of people said the young royals’ holiday ignited a personal interest in a new destination.
The survey follows reports from Lastminute.com that holiday sales to Singapore were up by 51 per cent compared with the same period last year following the royal trip.
While bookings to Malaysia rose by 34 per cent year-on-year since the royal tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their nine-day tour on September 11 heading to Singapore first.
Next on the Kate and Will’s itinerary was Malaysia where they stayed in Kuala Lumpur before checking out the Malaysian part of Borneo.
The exotic Solomon Islands were the last leg of the tour which finished in Tuvalua.
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