According to the Travel Statistics Report by Wego and Cleartrip.

Learn about the most in-demand tourist destinations in the Middle East... and where do UAE residents plan to spend the summer?

The travel statistics report, issued by the search engine "Wego" and the "Cleartrip" website, revealed the trends of travelers and their readiness to travel after the "Covid-19" pandemic.

The results of the report confirmed that the UAE has maintained its position as a prestigious and popular tourist destination, which most of the participants plan to visit, as well as other countries in the region. It also revealed that the UAE residents’ destinations were: India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Nepal, Maldives Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Georgia, and Turkey.


positive outlook

The report, which surveyed the opinions and behaviors of 4,390 residents in the UAE and Saudi Arabia in relation to travel affairs, concluded with positive expectations for the travel sector in the short term, as travelers look to spend more money and travel on longer trips and farther distances in 2022.

According to the report, many travelers are still looking to travel, with some caution.

According to a survey conducted by "Cleartrip", 99% of the total participants confirmed that they had received the "Covid-19" vaccine, while 1% of them denied this.


search rates

Wego data revealed that search rates for flights and hotels recorded an increase of 81% in February and 102% in March 2022, which clearly indicates the increasing recovery in the desire of tourists to travel.

Travelers also give priority to destinations with a low risk of infection, which provide a flexible and safe return journey, as most of the participants confirmed their selection of destinations that adhere to safety procedures, and comply with the protocols for the prevention of "Covid-19".


Accommodation directions

Wego data showed that hotels recorded a significant increase in demand in all seasons, as search rates for holiday homes recorded a significant increase by 136 percent, hotel rooms by 92%, and apartments by 69%.

The length of stay in rental properties increased by 19% in 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

Wego revealed that travelers prefer to choose five-star hotels, which take stricter measures and give them a safer travel and accommodation experience, as search rates for five-star hotels have increased by 66%.


Trip costs

79% of the respondents to the Cleartrip survey expressed that they had noticed an increase in requirements as a result of the “Covid-19” crisis, an increase in travel ticket prices, and unexpected circumstances that caused changes in flights, which contributed to a 20% increase in trip costs after the “Covid” crisis. -19.”

78% of respondents indicated that they will travel at least once in the following three months, according to previously planned trips, indicating a positive outlook for the travel sector in the short term.

Wego notes that longer holidays will be a trend this summer, and travelers will spend more money on leisure and entertainment trips, to make up for the time they missed in the closing periods.


hottest

The data showed that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the Maldives, Georgia, Turkey, Serbia and the Seychelles have maintained their position as prestigious and popular tourist destinations, which most of the participants plan to visit.


flight costs

In turn, travel costs recorded a significant increase in 2022 compared to 2019, as the costs of round trips to the Middle East and North Africa increased by 20%, to Europe 39%, and to South Asian countries by 5%, while the costs of outbound trips recorded And the return to India in particular, a clear increase of 21% compared to 2019.


Most popular destinations

As for the most popular destinations, the report revealed that the destinations of the UAE residents were: India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Nepal, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Georgia, and Turkey.

In Saudi Arabia, the international destinations were represented in: Egypt, the Emirates, Qatar, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Bahrain.

The most popular destinations in the Middle East and North Africa are: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco.


long trips

The report’s data showed an increase of 65% in search rates for recreational trips between January and April of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021. While search rates for hotels recorded an increase of 29% between January and April of this year, compared to the same period Same as last year.

Wego's data shows an increase in the total duration of flights and passengers' stay, and a trend towards long-term flights, as flights for a period of four to seven days recorded an increase of 100%, while the demand for flights for a period of between 8 and 11 days increased by 75%.


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