Maldives was ranked as the number one destination for expected demand in a new survey among Gulf travelers.
The research, conducted on a monthly basis by Aviareps, included answers from 94 outbound travel agencies across the GCC.
The top 10 destinations that are expected to rank highly on people’s travel plans were the Maldives, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Austria, the UAE, Australia, Germany, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
The majority of travel agencies expect to commence promoting travel offerings from July through to September. Deals will take the form of full travel packages that include air, accommodation and tours, with intra-Middle East options expected to be most popular. This is followed by packages for travel to South East Asian, Indian Ocean destinations and Europe.
A total of 60% of those surveyed expect a return to outbound travel form August and September this year. However, 14% don’t expect this to happen before 2021.
About 97% of respondents said flights, accommodation, land arrangements (including car hire) and tours will be part of their forthcoming promotions.
Various other online surveys have landed Maldives on top searches list of Indian luxury travelers, Chinese, US travelers, Brits and Singaporeans during the pandemic.
Meanwhile Maldives kicked off tourism with “Maldives, The Sun Will Shine Again” campaign on 8th June welcoming travelers back to its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches again.
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