Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism has recently convened all Arab League nations to agree unified measures for the tourism sector’s recovery.
Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) state in the first quarter of this year, the hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East decelerated slightly to 607 projects/172,182 rooms, down three percent and five percent respectively, year-over-year (YOY).
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.
Using this current downtime to prepare future operations for a post-COVID-19 business environment is a must for lodging companies, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.