Wonders of the World losing lustre
NEW research has shown that the Wonders of the World, long considered drawcards when it comes to attracting travellers, are now being overlooked. The latest survey conducted by global hotels expert Hotels.com has found that global holidaymakers are leaving many of these 'must-see' landmarks off their travel itineraries.
The Hotels.com research put global holidaymakers to the test to see if they knew their Great Wall of China from their Taj Mahal and, more importantly, if they had actually made the trip to see them.
Surprisingly, almost one in three travellers (30 per cent) admitted they had never visited any of the wonders, while a further one in five (20 per cent) were not even aware of their existence.
Despite the appeal of the world's most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures, some have been barely visited by global travellers, including Machu Picchu (five per cent), Peru's Inca sacred site and Petra (six per cent), Jordan's archaeological desert phenomenon.
On the other hand, the Wonders of the World that attracted the most global travellers included Rome's ancient amphitheatre the Colosseum (33 per cent) and Beijing's Great Wall of China (17 per cent).
Surprisingly, only one in 11 (nine per cent) of travellers around the world have visited hugely famous sites such as Christ the Redeemer, Brazil's infamous statue of Jesus Christ, and the Taj Mahal, India's majestic marble mausoleum.
- One in three travellers (30 per cent) have never visited any of the Wonders of the World.
- One in five (20 per cent) global holidaymakers have never even heard of the Wonders.