Why Dubai is The Best Place To Be
The pandemic is basically over, considering how things are going these days regarding this massive life disturbance that we have been living through for about three years now. The travel industry began booming again, with people being able to move freely in most of the world's parts. A lot of people have started traveling again, and life seems to go back to normal these days.
While some nations have been more
affected than others, it appears that the UAE continues to flourish, and it
really looks like the pandemic did not hit the country as much as it did with
other countries around the world. More and more people are choosing Dubai as a
vacay destination this winter, and a lot of wealthy individuals are also
choosing the UAE and especially Dubai, in order to buy a property here – a
vacay home or simply a second residence. Here are the latest trends in the
tourism industry, along with the best reasons to move to Dubai this year.
2023 Tourism: Traveler
expectations and industry efforts and perceptions
An important issue that has to be addressed in 2023 regarding the developments that have been taking place in the tourism industry has to do with traveler expectations and the industry efforts and perceptions. Recent broad research from this year addresses these issues as the travel industry returns more potent than before the pandemic. According to the latest reports, Expedia Group's Traveler Value Index 2023 examines the most significant changes taking place within the industry — from the perspective of both consumers and travel professionals — and also offers actionable insights to guide decision-makers in the year ahead.
The travel industry ramps
All over the world,
travel is ramping back up, and the industry is taking stock of how much this
pandemic changed our lives and consumer behavior as well. According to the
official reports, covid concerns have become more and more manageable, and new
challenges arise that have to be tackled.
It's also been reported
the fact that expectations and safety and flexibility are still really high,
but people who travel are more interested in inflation and economic
There is a lot to be
optimistic about these days, experts say, and they note the following great
signs that we are going towards a better future: business and international
trips are back, and the pandemic pause has served as a reminder of how
important travel is. And not only travel but all the joys that life has to
offer and that people take for granted.
Traveler Value Index research shows the highest levels of industry optimism
since 2020," said Ariane Gorin, president of Expedia for Business.
"From a boom in both international and business travel to a new focus on
traveling for self-care, the trend is clear: people value travel more than ever
before and will continue to make time and save money for it."
It was just revealed how the Expedia Group's Traveler Value Index 2023 research talks about the gaps between what people want from travel and what the industry is currently delivering.
Especially in 2021, people
started traveling again after the peak of the pandemic had passed. It's
predicted that this year, interest in traveling will start growing. According
to the official data, about 50% of people are considering travel even more
important than before the pandemic. Usually, people learn the importance of a
thing once they lose it, and this is what has been happening with travel and
other things that we used to take for granted. According to the data, 43% of
people plan to increase their travel budget in the coming years, and this is
definitely a positive development for the industry. But it is also worth noting
the fact that there is a gap between the planned budget increases and the
professional travel expectations, as the majority expect consumer spending on
travel to increase.
The number of people who
are traveling is also on the rise – we now have 80% of people agreeing that
they plan to travel this year. According to the same data, the preference for
flexible travel options has been increasing at the beginning of the pandemic,
and it has not let up since then. The ability to be able to change bookings
without a fee or penalty, ranked in the top four values by consumers, shows
just how important it is to consumers to be able to adjust their travel plans if
this is necessary.
It's also worth noting
the fact that as a response to the unpredictable events from the past years, a
lot of travel providers are now offering flexible rates and reservation
policies to be able to adapt to travelers' needs. Such a move gives people the
confidence to book trips. It's really great to note the fact that almost all
businesses, about 96%, said they offer refundable services or credits/. Also,
77% are introducing some refundable offerings for the first time because of the
It's also worth noting the fact that a lot of travel providers cited refundability and flexible booking options as being important to consumers. More than that, official data shows the fact that providers are underestimating just how important.
Some trends are only
The attitudes and
behavior of consumers have been changing a lot during the pandemic, and it
seems that now, some of the trends are less likely to remain permanently.
Businesses and international travel have been strongly affected during the
pandemic years, and it's still important to note the fact that since then,
borders have opened, and businesses have been drafting new workplace policies.
All this will definitely influence a rise in local and international travel as
well during 2023.
According to the latest
reports, back in July 2022, about half of the consumers said that they are
likely to book or have already booked an international trip in the coming year.
This is a great development compared to May 2020, when the same thing was
stated by about 12% of polled consumers.
Earlier this year, a
massive majority said that they were not planning any business travel, but now
it seems that one in three people are planning to do so. More than that, it's
been revealed that about 85% are looking forward to their next work trip,
according to the very official reports.
It's also important to
note the fact that the industry, and especially hotel professionals, are
optimistic about business travel – here is the data: 70% said that they could
expect it to return within two years to the levels that we have seen before the
After the vaccines became available all over the world, cleanliness standards became less of a priority than they had been in 2020 and 2021. This is not to say that health and safety are no longer meaningful to travelers, but inflation has now replaced their concern about spreading the virus, especially since the virus is slowing down mostly due to natural immunity.