Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Travelers ‘to spend more, take longer holidays this summer’

Travelers will be taking longer holidays and spending more on travel in summer 2022, said Wego, a leading online travel marketplace in the Mena region. The average booking value for flights this summer has increased by 57 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2019. Similarly, that of hotels saw a spike of 55 per cent compared to 2019, according to data collected by Wego.

“It is a testament that people are looking to spend more and book leisure trips. We also see travellers opting for all-inclusive leisure travel which gives them a safe travel experience during the pandemic,” a Wego statement said.

Mamoun Hmedan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director, Mena and India of Wego, said: “Summer 2022 will be all about long holidays and travelers will be spending more on leisure travel to make up for the lost time. There’s a lot of pent-up demand, people have accumulated leaves and are ready to travel again in the new norm. Our data also shows that the average trip duration has increased by 80 per cent for some destinations.”

Wego also revealed that the overall trip duration for people traveling to Mena countries has increased by 73 per cent to 24 days, up from 14 days in 2019. It has increased by 80 per cent for Oman for travel dates between May and July 2022. Saudi Arabia saw a rise of 62 per cent, Egypt 58 per cent, Turkey 42 per cent, Lebanon 41 per cent, Morocco 31 per cent, India 28 per cent and 21 per cent for the UAE.

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