Next stop, Europe! Yep, this continent is my dream destination. Apparently, it’s not just me but also for a growing number of Filipinos.
Skyscanner, a leading flight search engine, has recently reported an increase by 53% in flight search to European destinations this year. Following the decision to lift the ban on Philippine Airlines by unanimous votes among the European Commission’s 28 member states, Skyscanner also revealed top destinations of choice among Filipinos.
Although mine is Prague, the flight search engine’s list is topped by the United Kingdom. With an estimated Filipino population of 200,000 in 2007, UK has been a favorite destination not only for its rich culture and castles but also for the visiting families of Filipinos working there.
Germany, famous for its rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine and people who know and love a good party comes in second. And so is my list. This is not surprising since Filipinos traveling this great country date back to the 19th century and our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal is one of them.
Filipino’s penchant for fashion, food and discovering interesting spots made Italy the third on the list. Third on my list though is UK.
“We Pinoys love to shop, eat and go sight-seeing. So a country that offers all these definitely plays a part when we decide to travel,” Janet Ranola, Skyscanner Philippines Manager explains. “Plus the fact that a lot of Filipinos are working and are scattered in Europe, flying at cheaper rates is great news indeed,” Ranola added.
“Now that Filipino travelers can fly to Europe without having to catch connecting flights and such, I think online search and inquiries to more European destinations will increase” Ranola concluded.
Other destinations that made the top 10 list are France, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland. Here’s the complete list:
– United Kingdom (UK)
– Germany (DE)
– Italy (IT)
– France (FR)
– Spain (ES)
– Netherlands (NL)
– Norway (NO)
– Denmark (DK)
– Ireland (IE)
– Switzerland (CH)
If you also want to visit Europe and would like more information on cheap flights, deals and places to visit, point your browsers to www.skyscanner.com.ph.