As the global travel landscape evolves, a survey conducted by global
consulting firm Simon-Kucher unveils that an impressive 88% of UAE
residents intend to explore new destinations in 2023.
This figure significantly outpaces last year's 79% and even surpasses
the global average. The survey, encompassing over 5,000 participants
from diverse nations, including the UAE, the UK, the US, France, the
Netherlands, Denmark, and Spain, offers a glimpse into the changing
dynamics of global travel.
However, the narrative doesn't stop at a heightened interest in
travel. UAE residents are also demonstrating a willingness to allocate
more financial resources to their voyages. A substantial 72% of
respondents have opted to increase their travel budgets, showcasing a
determined commitment to elevate their travel experiences. This striking
trend diverges from the global average of 58% observed across other
Remarkably, financial constraints are proving to be less of a
deterrent among UAE residents, with a mere 10% attributing their
decision to stay home to monetary factors. This signifies a remarkable
level of travel fervor and an unyielding eagerness to explore new
UAE travellers are displaying proactive travel planning habits, with a
noteworthy 54% opting for early trip bookings. This stands in stark
contrast to previous years and global norms. Among these early birds,
45% are drawn by enticing offers, while 34% are compelled by the
anticipation of potential price hikes due to inflation.
Interestingly, majority of UAE travellers choose to independently
arrange their trips, bypassing the use of travel agents. Respondents
cite the freedom that accompanies self-planned journeys and expressed a
preference for avoiding the constraints associated with pre-structured,
all-inclusive vacation packages. This shift in consumer behaviour
necessitates travel providers to reconsider their approach to engaging
with these travellers.