Liberalisation of the skies discussed by Arab nations

Guest Writer

UAE residents take an average of one or two leisure trips a year with many taking more holidays in the last 18 months despite the economic downturn, a travel survey commissioned by Visa has revealed
Five hundred adults across the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were surveyed by Visa in the lead up to Eid and 20% of the UAE residents surveyed said they took more than five holidays outside the country each year.
In terms of the frequency of holidays taken, almost 50% of respondents claimed that there was no change in the travel habits in the past 18 months, with almost a quarter stating that their holidays had actually increased despite the recent economic downturn.
Of those UAE residents questioned, 83% said that they did not plan on taking fewer holidays this year, although 51% of those surveyed said that they were planning on spending less on their next holiday.
“It is clear from the survey that leisure travel is something that UAE residents are not willing to compromise on, even in light of the recent economic downturn,” said Visa’s Head of Marketing Communications for MENA, Maysara Ghadban Traboulsi.
“Given these insights, Visa will continue to tailor offers and promotions to suit the needs of UAE cardholders; our Hotel Club and Global Hotel Offers are a good example of how we can drive value to our cardholders to meet travel and leisure needs.”

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