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The Middle East region might not be experiencing huge booms in outbound travel like China or India, but this doesn’t mean the region should be overlooked. Not only is outbound travel from the region steadily increasing, Middle Eastern travelers have per-trip expenditures that are among the highest in the world. It’s time for the travel industry to start paying attention to this region.

Skift Research is launching its latest report, The State of Middle East Outbound Travel 2019, provides a closer look at this lucrative market with a special focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The report begins with an overview of the market by the numbers, as they stand today and where they’re heading in the future. We then turn our attention to key factors that are driving outbound travel from the region. Next, we look at the behaviors and preferences of Middle Eastern consumers and travelers, starting with those that are technology related, and then zooming into travel-specific trends, including booking behaviors, destination preferences, and the impact of religion on travel. Finally, we provide case studies of global travel brands and destinations that are putting initiatives in place in an effort to attract travelers from the Middle East.

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What You’ll Learn From This Report:

  • Market size and expenditures of Middle Eastern outbound travelers, by core market
  • Key factors driving outbound travel from the Middle East
  • Behaviors and preferences related to technology and social media among Middle Easterners that are shaping the way they travel
  • Trends in the travel behavior and preferences of Middle Eastern travelers, from booking preferences to destination preferences
  • How global travel brands and destinations are taking steps to better cater to travelers from this region

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