GCC travellers are planning trips and gearing up for travel, preferably to international destinations, as countries start to re-open their borders in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent travel sentiment survey conducted by AllDetails, a Dubai based travel & tourism and communications agency.
The survey revealed that 72% of GCC travellers will travel for leisure, with a change in scenery being their first priority and 80% will travel for a duration of one week or more.
About 83% of respondents say that they enjoy thinking about travel during the pandemic while 56% of the respondents admit that they were negatively affected by COVID-19 news, according to an article in Saudi Gazette.
The survey was conducted among residents and citizens of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in order to understand their sentiment towards travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The respondents expect to have some health insurance in place to travel again and will then travel, within 2-4 weeks after the travel restrictions are lifted, for both leisure and business purposes.
The survey findings also show that young travellers between 21–34 years of age are more cautious and would wait longer than those in the age group of 35–64 years, to travel again. However, respondents across all age groups enjoy thinking and reading about travel during the pandemic.