Gold Medal has reported a 289 per cent increase in forward 2017 summer holiday sales year-on-year to Vietnam and a 294 per cent increase to Abu Dhabi compared to the same period in 2016.

The leap in sales for Vietnam can be partly explained by the new UK non-stop services to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Heathrow with Vietnam Airlines. Abu Dhabi continues to go from strength to strength for the specialist long haul operator with 22 properties featured in the Gold Medal brochure this year. 

Other popular summer 2017 destinations for the long haul operator include Sri Lanka, Barbados and Indonesia with 215 per cent, 180 per cent and 145 per cent sales increases respectively.