As countries start to come out of lockdown and slowly lift their restrictions, GCC travellers are planning future trips and gearing up for travel.
The recent Travel Sentiment Survey conducted by AllDetails, a Dubai-based agency, revealed that GCC residents intend to travel again soon, preferring international destinations.
The survey was conducted among residents and citizens of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in order to understand their sentiment towards travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eighty three per cent have said that they enjoy thinking about travel during this period while 56% of the respondents admitted that they were negatively affected by COVID-19 news.
The respondents expect to have some health security guarantees in place to travel again and will then travel as soon as two to four weeks after the travel restrictions have been lifted, for both leisure and business purposes.
The survey revealed that 72% of GCC travellers will travel for leisure, with a change in scenery being their first priority and 80% will travel for a duration of one week or more.
The survey shows that young travellers between 21 – 34 years of age are more cautious and would wait longer than the older age group of 35 – 64 years, to travel again. However, respondents across all age groups enjoy thinking and reading about travel during the pandemic.