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Spike in travel demand from UK

As soon as the announcement came in that the UK has moved the UAE to the amber list, there was a spike in bookings for travel to the UAE from UK. It sends in a positive vibe for the tourism industry, some professionals shared their insights with TRAVTALK. Sofia Santos, …

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Top destinations for UAE travellers

Experts at the UAE-based travel brand, part of the dnata Travel Group, are revealing where travellers from the UAE are seeking to take a break between July and October 2021, with a focus on destinations with clear regulations, no rules for quarantine on arrival, and direct flight options. dnata Travel, …

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Borders reopen for summer

As restrictions ease in Europe, most GCC travellers can look forward to resuming their travel plans once again this summer. The vaccination drive has expedited the process and travellers from the UAE can travel to almost 20 destinations including Europe. Travel professionals from tourism boards, airlines & travel agencies share …

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Saudis prioritise safe destinations

Almosafer, the Kingdom’s leading omni-channel travel brand, is revealing key insights into Saudi nationals’ travel preferences one month after opening borders. Almosafer’s study examined consumers’ searches and bookings over the period of May 17-June 16, 2021 compared to the same period in 2019 and found promising signs of travel revival. …

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Karhoo launches in the UAE

More than 80 travel professionals attended the official launch of Karhoo in the GCC. Vanessa Heydorff, Senior Vice President, Karhoo shared with TRAVTALK their plans for the year and how they will collaborate with agents across the GCC. Working with Karhoo, travel companies gain a more efficient search and booking …

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Pent-up demand for travel

The pent-up demand for travel reveals that travellers who were frequent flyers before COVID-19 expect to take almost six flights in the next 12 months, underlining their desire to travel as soon as possible. 78% attribute being vaccinated against COVID-19 as key to their confidence in the safety of air …

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Yas Island focuses on travel trade

Over the past few months, Yas Island has been busy with various new initiatives to ensure customer confidence to its wide array of experiences for family tourism from touchless journeys to an unforgettable experience. Marijana Mihajlovic, Director of Business Development, Experience Hub shares with TRAVTALK plans for the year. Shehara …

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Leisure travel: key tourism driver

Oxford Economics highlights the outlook of the market and helps understand sectorial growth. Shehara Rizly Over the past few months countries are strengthening their vaccination drive to ensure confidence and provide initiatives to restart travel. The outlook depends on factors such as vaccination rates, mutations of the virus, economic growth …

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ATS partners with Luxury Connoisseurs

In a major push to provide very high end ultra-luxury products to the travellers in the region and beyond, two major brands – ATS Travel and Luxury Connoisseurs –  have come together to offer unique products and services to be launched in UAE and KSA to begin with. Saleem Sharif, …

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Customers seek added value

Over the past few years the travel industry went through many changes and the traveller behavior patterns too were different, however the pandemic changed its course even further and Arijit Munshi, Chief Executive Officer, Tune Protect EMEIA shares his thoughts with TRATALK. Q What are some of the value-added services …

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