The travel industry has recovered more than two-thirds of its gross activity – and one country is leading the way
The UAE’s travel industry has reached 110% recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks in part to the country’s successful vaccination programme and impressive calendar of events, from Expo 2020 Dubai to the Dubai World Cup horse race.
Globally, to date, the travel industry has recovered more than two-thirds of its gross activity (67%) compared to 2019, a 14% increase from the recovery level at the end of 2021.
The UAE’s 110% recovery against 2019 levels makes it the most recovered country in the world
When considering individual cities, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia (115%) is the most recovered city in the Middle East, and in the world, Riyadh, followed by Dubai in the UAE (114%) ranked fourth and fifth respectively, behind Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (136%), Montego Bay, Jamaica (132%) and Cancun, Mexico (124%).
Other trends identified in the report include current leading source markets for the UAE: the UK, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France, the US and Italy.
Meanwhile, the top destinations for outbound travellers from the UAE are India, Pakistan, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Turkey and the UK.
The data was sourced by Travelport, a global tech company powering airline and hotel bookings. Buyers and sellers of travel are connected by the company’s next generation marketplace, Travelport+, which simplifies how brands connect, upgrades how travel is sold, and enables modern digital retailing. Operating in more than 180 countries globally, Travelport is focused on driving innovation that simplifies the complex travel ecosystem.
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