In Brief


Wego shares Ramadan booking trends

WEGO, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has revealed the top booking trends for Ramadan: in the GCC, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait are popular among UAE travellers. As for international travel, Egypt, India, Pakistan remained as firm favourites. 

Ramadan brings in a vast number of tourists and locals alike, looking to indulge in the traditions, customs, and festivities that are part and parcel of this holy month.

A spike in airfare rates is seen during the holy month. Airfares from the UAE are expected to increase compared to the same period last year.

Due to a busy event schedule and the upcoming Ramadan season, hotel rooms in Dubai have experienced slight price increase and limited availability compared to last year.

An increase in airline reservations is also expected due to the holy season.

Robust increase in international arrivals: PATA

THE latest forecasts from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) predict strong annual increases in inbound visitor numbers for Asia Pacific under each of the mild, medium, and severe scenarios in 2023, with growth rates ranging from 71 per cent under the latter scenario conditions to as much as 104 per cent under the mild scenario.

Following the earlier release of the Executive Summary, the Full Report gives a deeper quantitative overview of the international visitor landscape into and across the Asia Pacific region at the regional, sub-regional and destination levels out to 2025. In addition, the growth in key source markets between 2023 and 2025 is forecast for Asia Pacific as a whole, and for each of the regions/sub-regions as covered in the report.

The annual increase in the absolute number of international visitor arrivals (IVAs) in 2023 is predicted to range from 158.7 million to 437.5 million under the severe and mild scenarios respectively, lifting the total volume of visitor arrivals to between 382.9 million and 712.7 million, under those same scenarios. 


Youth travel looking up, says WYSE

INTERNATIONAL youth travel is poised for continued stability and growth in volume and expenditure.

The latest calculations by the World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation indicate that the youth share of international travel has remained stable at 23 per cent of international arrivals in 2019.

Youth travel has long been considered a significant segment of international travel, both in terms of the number of trips taken and the volume of spending.

In 2002, the proportion of international arrivals aged between 15 and 29 was estimated to be 21 per cent, and this increased to 23 per cent in 2012. The most recent calculations indicate that the youth share of international travel has remained stable at 23 per cent of international arrivals in 2019.


Capital Travel spotlights wellness product

WELLNESS travel is one of the fastest-growing travel segments, with more and more people prioritizing their mental and physical health, according to a recent survey by the Wellness Tourism Association.

Capital Travel, in partnership with Oberoi Resorts, encourages wellness enthusiasts and serenity seekers to experience a new paradigm of wellbeing with their newly launched packages at The Oberoi Sukhvilas, New Chandigarh and Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas.

Guests can enjoy six nights of five-star wellness at The Oberoi Sukhvilas Spa Resort & Wildflower Hall, inclusive of a full board meal plan. The guests get a pre-arrival online consultation, allowing the destinations in-house spa and wellness experts to carefully curate and personalise their retreat experience. Then, the Oberoi team will craft a wellbeing roadmap for each individual, inclusive of Ayurvedic therapies, signature spa treatments, physical yoga practice, mindfulness activities, nutrition, fitness guides and much more.

One of the world’s leading wellness destinations is India, being home to a vast array of yoga retreats, stunning natural scenery, ancient meditative practices and much more.