Gulf Region Gets an Update for a New Travel Era

By on June 6, 2014

By the year 2030, Saudi Arabia would constitute about 60 percent in their GCC population, according to the report that was released in Dubai during the panel discussion sessions. The report speaks out that the Saudi population is very much tech savvy and about 42 percent of their leisure travelers plan their trips through their smartphones. The upcoming age of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) will rebuild the whole travel industry in the next 15 years of time. The young population has been making use of mobile technologies to book, plan and to manage their travel.

At present, about 25 percent of the whole GCC population comes under the age category of 15 and they are the next decision makers in the next 15 years. The Amadeus-commissioned report says that the steady flow of the expatriate workers, increase in population and the growth in the middle class would bring a change in the travel behaviors and the other needs in this region.

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Antoine Medawar, the vice president of MENA has said in an interview that the gulf region has been updated for an entire new era in travel and tourism and the government initiatives are at ease with the extra regional movements flowing all around. This would make the GCC get more attractive and make it the best place for business and leisure travelers.

He also made a note that the travel providers who would address all the nuanced needs of the GCC population would thrive in the upcoming decades. The technology and the innovation in Amadeus has been helping the customer and the partners to shape up the future of the travel in the Gulf.

The economies in the GCC has been diversifying beyond oil and the special tourist sectors like meetings, cruises, conferences and the medical tourism play an enormous role in the diversification. The GCC countries have an average GDP growth of 5 percent maintained since the last decade and it is expected to increase in the near future. The GCC has been working to make travelling easier inside and outside the region.

At present, the cities in the region would create 2 million jobs and it would evenly attract the foreign and the domestic investment in the upcoming years.

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