According to a survey conducted by AllDetails (a Dubai based travel and tourism, hospitality, lifestyle and communications agency), GCC residents are willing to travel again soon and are looking at international destinations to do so.
Taking part in the Travel Sentiment Survey during the COVID-19 pandemic were residents and citizens of the UAE and Saudi Arabia. A total of 83 per cent said that they enjoy thinking about travel during this period, while 56 per cent of the respondents admitted that they were negatively affected by COVID-19 news.
The respondents communicated that they expect to have some health security guarantees in place for future travel and will begin travelling as soon as two to four weeks after the travel restrictions are lifted, for both business and leisure purposes.
The survey additionally revealed that 72 per cent of GCC travellers will travel for leisure, with a change of scenery being their first priority and 80 per cent will travel for one week or more. It also revealed that young travellers between 21–34 years of age are more cautious and would wait longer than the older age group of 35–64 to travel again.
Founder and CEO, AllDetails, Isabel Tapp commented on the findings of the survey: “The sentiment across the region is very much a resounding ‘Yes!’ to travel as soon as it is safe to do so. The period of lockdown has made us all realise that we were taking our freedom to travel and experience new places and cultures for granted.
“I believe we have all been writing our bucket lists and thinking about all the new places we want to visit and experience as well as re-visiting our old favourites once again. We have been dreaming about travel over the last few weeks and are all longing to start exploring again soon,” Tapp concluded.