The latest data analysis produced by YouGov for Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM,) has revealed that 46 percent of luxury travellers in the Middle East, are planning to travel internationally at some stage during this year.
Hotels throughout the Middle East region are preparing to capitalise on the pent-up global demand for workations, driven in the main by the social restrictions imposed by governments across the world over the past 10 months.
According to research conducted as well as commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) , many travel experts are expecting a surge in workations during this year and beyond, a trend that was apparent in 2019, but one which now has such pent-up demand due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.
Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, Arabian Travel Market, which will take place live at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) May 16-19, said, “The hotel industry in the Middle East has gradually started to recover, especially in places such as Dubai. Staycations created the initial demand after lockdown, the next step has been the continued growth of workations, which are also referred to as bleisure stays, which tend to bring in more visitors from overseas.”
Fueling this growth are companies like Facebook, Twitter and Spotify which have announced that employees can work from home indefinitely, leading many experts to predict that these digital professionals are likely to work remotely, whilst still connecting safely and securely with their physical offices.
“Longer term, the ‘on the go’ executive will be a far more common sight in hotels, whether it’s Gen Z singletons, millennial professionals, or freelancers who can earn a living from a laptop,” added Curtis.
With over 50 percent of the world’s working population doing so from home and the rise of entrepreneurial digital nomads who prefer to work remotely, the popularity of workations will only increase.
This will alleviate the boredom of living and working from home, even after the pandemic has finally been eradicated and obviously in the short term, it will provide much needed revenue to not only hotels but the travel trade in general, not to mention government coffers.
“Covid-19 has completely disrupted the traditional office culture and the hospitality sector has been quick to offer alternative solutions for those looking to combine working from home with leisure time. The introduction of the workation concept is not just a novel idea, it’s about making adjustments to meet the new market demands, allowing those who are not currently working from their office to enjoy a luxury hospitality experience whilst continuing their work commitments,” said Mark Kirby, COO, Emaar Hospitality.
A recent ‘Global Holiday Intent’ survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organiser of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), has revealed that residents in the UAE and Saudi Arabia (KSA) are the most likely to make an international trip in 2021.
During the opening session of Arabian Travel Market’s inaugural virtual event, ATM Virtual, aviation industry veteran Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline, had outlined the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, as well as the measures implemented by the company in response to the pandemic.
Local tourism and domestic travel are expected to lead the UAE and wider GCC’s recovery from COVID-19 as we begin to see the easing of lockdown restrictions, according to the latest research released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Virtual, a newly-launched three-day event that will take place from June 01-03 of this year.
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has officially announced the launch of ATM Virtual, a three-day event that will take place from June 01-03 of this year.
In light of the changing global situation relating to the COVID-19 virus, the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) team have continued to monitor the impact it is having not just on the industry, but on society in general.
Visitors to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are predicted to increase 38 percent from 15,5 million in 2019 to 21,3 million by 2024, according to new research by Colliers International, commissioned by Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 19-22.
Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) are driving growth in the Middle East aviation market, recording a 9,3 percent increase in seat capacity in 2019, according to CAPA Centre for Aviation.