COVID-19 has placed the whole world on lockdown, with new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing that 100 percent of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place, and 72 percent have completely closed their borders to international tourism.
Over the past weeks, the impact on international travel plans has continued to climb. In a survey by GlobalData, 56 percent of respondents in the emirates have had to cancel their upcoming international travel plans due to restrictions.
New online research by Sabre Corporation, one of the leading global travel technology providers, has revealed that 59 percent percent of Middle Eastern adults would pay between USD101 - USD500 on extras that personalise their travel journeys.
The number of international travellers from India to the UAE is set to grow from 2,6 million in this year to 3,3 million in 2023, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6,1 percent, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Gulf hospitality operators looking to increase their share of the growing Halal tourism market should diversify and digitise their offerings to suit younger generations of Muslim travellers, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.
On October 15 - 29, HalalBooking.com hosted a group of sales staff from 13 travel agencies from across the world including Germany, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.
Tourism Ireland has teamed up with dnata Travel, one of the Middle East’s biggest travel companies, to grow visitor numbers from the UAE to the island of Ireland.
The global cruise industry continues to grow rapidly with 27 million cruisers expected this year. By 2030 more than 40 million people worldwide are to travel on cruise ships annually. Dubai is well-placed to be a global cruise tourism hub.
Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific announced its figures for April indicate a 10 percent rise in the number of passengers in Asia-Pacific and a two percent drop in the Middle East.