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Almost half of UAE, Saudi residents planning international travel in 2021 – YouGov survey

Almost half of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia residents surveyed said they were planning to make an international trip in the next 12 months.

The ‘Global Holiday Intent’ survey, conducted in October and November, found that 48% of UAE respondents and 46% in Saudi Arabia confirmed their intent to travel internationally in 2021.

The YouGov survey was conducted on behalf of Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organiser of the Arabian Travel Market. No details were given as to the number of respondents surveyed. The poll was done before the most recent COVID-19 vaccines announcements, said ATM Exhibition Director Danielle Curtis.

“Nearly half of those polled, confirmed that they intended to travel in 2021 and once vaccines have been rolled out around the world, those numbers can only increase,” said Curtis in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 15).

Intent to travel: International
UAE 48% of respondents intend to travel overseas in 2021
Saudi Arabia 46%


Norway 34%
Germany 31%
USA 14%
China 10%
Japan 5%
Source: Arabian Travel Market media statement Dec 15, 2020


Domestic travel was also on the survey, with Thais coming up on top. “Much of the domestic travel in Asia will no doubt be linked to Chinese New Year, which is due to take place on 12th February,” said Curtis.

Intent to travel: Domestic

68% of respondents in Thailand said they intended to travel within the country in 2021

Indonesia 61%
Australia 59%
China 55%
Malaysia 54%
Germany 40%
Saudi Arabia 37%
UAE 35%
Canada 27%
Singapore 14%
Source: Arabian Travel Market media statement Dec 15, 2020


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