THE the greater part of Saudi nationals are
taking pleasure in holidays in their possess backyard, with several scheduling to travel both equally
domestically and internationally this year.

These results are uncovered in the 2nd travel sentiment study by omni-channel vacation manufacturer Almosafer. Carried out on the internet in Saudi Arabia amongst January and February with around 3,000 respondents (72% Saudi nationals), the examine examined their travel behaviour just one calendar year into the pandemic.

The survey found far more than half the respondents (65%) have travelled domestically more than the past yr. 80% are scheduling to do so for the duration of the present calendar year, 11% of which will do so completely. According to Almosafer, this solidified its ongoing efforts to expand and diversify domestic products presenting in line with the Kingdom’s agenda to increase the tourism sector’s contribution to the countrywide economy.

Respondents disclosed they are preparing to even further travel for leisure inside of their property nation this yr even when borders reopen. Places well known with Saudi travellers are Jeddah, Riyadh, Makkah, Al Khobar and Taif.

Jeddah is a well-liked domestic spot (Graphic credit history – Jeddah waterfront park: ejocusol/Getty Pictures)

Fahad Alobailan, VP of retail at Almosafer
stated the study offered “exciting insight “ into Saudi travellers’ desires and woll
form the company’s initiatives  to guidance
the growth of domestic tourism.

In tandem with the findings Almosafer has introduced
offers and a 360-degree promotional campaign to strengthen domestic bookings and
to stimulate travellers to discover to new destinations, as nicely as a variety of
bookable excursions and attractions across the Kingdom.

Muzzammil Ahussain, executive vice president at Almosafer, explained the site’s lookups and bookings confirmed a strong maximize in demand from customers for domestic vacation. “Even with the borders reopening, increasing and developing our domestic offering will stay a essential aim for us in 2021, primarily on our domestic routines market which capabilities a range of bookable tours and sights from throughout the Kingdom.”

Preparing for intercontinental travel

On the worldwide vacation entrance, about 80% of respondents are setting up to journey to international places inside of six months of borders opening, with several eager on an prolonged holday.

International destinations of decision are mainly within the MENA (Center East and North Africa) region with Dubai and Cairo topping the list. Qatar is acquiring interest in particular with the new restoration of diplomatic ties in between Saudi Arabia and neighbouring GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) county. Amid the best 10 locations are the Maldives, favourite with couples and family members (major 3 spot for equally), as well as Sarajevo, the capital and greatest metropolis of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Travelling for leisure is the key reason for equally domestic and international travellers. Over 57% of Saudis will be opting for an prolonged holiday overseas (more than 7 times) when borders reopen.

For journey companions 32% mentioned they would vacation with close friends, whilst 26% opted for spouse and children vacations. Having said that, 22% prefered to vacation solo.  

All said precautionary actions, vacation advisory and professional suggestion are essential in their travel final decision-building.

Commenting on this Ahussain claimed: “This is obvious in our conclusions as about 20% of Saudi respondents confirmed they would want earning journey arrangements with the aid of a travel advisor. Nearly 10% of respondents specified WhatsApp as their most well-liked scheduling channel, proving that it is one particular of the best rising main conversation channels amongst Saudis and a important channel for Almosafer.”

Infographic of the vacation sentiment survey beneath:

Featured impression credit history (Edge of the Entire world, organic landmark an well known tourist desired destination near Riyadh): AFZALKHAN M/Getty Images