Managers attributed it to coincidence with summer vacations and high demand
50% increase in ticket prices during the Eid Al-Adha period
Companies confirmed that there is a great desire to travel after last summer witnessed a reluctance in light of the height of the pandemic.
The current travel reservations are concentrated in Arab and European destinations.
Managers and officials of travel and tourism agencies in the country said that there is an increase in the prices of travel tickets to Arab and international destinations, by rates of up to 50% during the Eid al-Adha period, compared to prices last June.
They explained to "Emirates Today", that the increased demand for travel due to the coincidence of the Eid period with the summer vacation for schools, and the failure of many families to travel during the last summer due to the "Corona" pandemic, in addition to the desire of airlines to compensate for their losses during the downtime, all of which were factors that led to higher ticket prices.
They added that the current reservations are concentrated in Arab and European destinations, while they have retreated to Asian destinations strongly due to the closure conditions and the epidemiological situation in those destinations.
The main reason
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In detail, the sales manager of Happy Line Travel and Tourism, Salah Khaled Salem, said that there is an increase in the prices of travel tickets to Arab and international destinations by rates ranging between 20% and 50% during the Eid al-Adha period, compared to prices during the month of June.
Salem explained that the feast period coincided with the summer vacation for schools, which is the main reason for the increase in ticket prices, with a great demand for travel, given that many families did not travel last summer due to the Corona pandemic.
Salem added that the current bookings are concentrated in European and Arab destinations, while Asian destinations have fallen sharply due to the closure and the epidemiological situation in those destinations.
He stated that Egypt topped the reservations of residents in the country, in addition to the presence of reservations for Emirati citizens, and reservations on destinations such as Jordan came second, then Lebanon, noting that the continued presence of quarantine procedures in some Arab countries, limited travel to them.
Salem said that the most prominent European destinations on which reservations are currently focused are Austria, Switzerland and Bosnia, pointing out that there are many inquiries from citizens and residents regarding the health conditions in those destinations and some other destinations.
Salem pointed out that a number of countries recently announced the start of receiving tourists, such as Georgia, Azerbaijan and others, while other countries are expected to announce similar measures during the coming period.
Travel and tourism consultant Riyadh Al-Faisal agreed with Salem that there are increases in travel ticket prices, ranging between 20 and 50% during the Eid al-Adha period, which he attributed to the high demand for travel to coincide with the summer holidays, especially since many families have not traveled since the start of the pandemic. Corona, as well as the desire of airlines to gradually compensate for their losses during the suspension period.
Al-Faisal said that the travel sector is witnessing great activity, which heralds the return of the sector to its previous activity within a short period.
He explained that Arab destinations topped the bookings, led by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, in addition to European destinations such as Austria and Britain, while Asian destinations declined.
In turn, the Director General of Al-Masoud Travel and Tourism Agency, Akram Sharaf, confirmed that there is an increase in the prices of travel tickets during the Eid al-Adha period, with rates exceeding 20% compared to last June, considering that the increases are normal in light of the pressure on travel and a significant increase in demand. Following the resumption of travel this summer, after last summer witnessed a great reluctance to travel in light of the height of the pandemic.
Sharaf said that Arab and European destinations are at the forefront of bookings for citizens and residents, while Asian destinations are witnessing a significant decline in bookings, due to the closure of many destinations and the lack of reassurance about the health situation in some of those destinations.
He added that Egypt tops reservations for Arab destinations, and there is a great demand for travel to Jordan, Lebanon and Sudan, at a time when reservations to Arab destinations that were traditional favorite destinations during the past years have declined, due to the return of the closure again.
In the same context, Omar Al-Ali, CEO of projects and development at Nirvana Travel and Tourism, said that there are varying increases in the prices of travel tickets during the Eid al-Adha period, depending on the destination.
Al-Ali explained that European destinations, led by Austria and Switzerland, control reservations for citizens and some residents alike, at a time when some preferred European destinations are still completely or partially closed due to the repercussions of the pandemic, while Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon top the reservations for residents, especially since most The residents did not travel last summer.
He pointed out that reservations on Asian destinations are witnessing a significant decline due to the closure in many of them.
Omar Al-Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Projects and Development at Nirvana Travel and Tourism, said that the month of July represents the peak of travel during the current year, due to the presence of the Eid al-Adha holiday, as well as the end of the school year at the end of last June, and the resumption of studies at the end of next August. It makes July a travel favorite for many families.
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