Gear­ing for new trends

Travel Talk - Middle East - - STATISTICS -

Many prop­er­ties and air­lines are in­creas­ing their ca­pac­i­ties to­wards South Asian re­gion ex­pect­ing bil­lions of dol­lars in turnover in the time to come. A ques­tion that arises at this point in time is whether the Asian mar­ket is ready to re­ceive with open arms the lux­ury-seek­ing Mid­dle East trav­ellers. In most cases, there is a gap be­tween the ac­tual needs of the trav­eller and what the destinations wish to roll out to the trav­eller from the Mid­dle East­ern re­gion.

Cer­tain South Asian coun­tries have def­i­nitely scored one or two points higher than most oth­ers as they have taken the time and pre­cau­tions to un­der­stand the trav­ellers from this re­gion but in most cases we have wit­nessed oth­er­wise; the rea­son is that the Mid­dle East­ern trav­eller needs more per­son­al­i­sa­tion in their ven­tures. Ja­pan and China are emerg­ing in­bound mar­kets in the UAE, but are they ready to ne­go­ti­ate ac­cord­ing to the terms of the Mid­dle East­ern clien­tele.

Per­son­al­i­sa­tion has be­come the buzz word in the trend­set­ting UAE. A few years ago, tech­nol­ogy was hith­erto un­known in this re­gion, yet the set­ting up of var­i­ous Euro­pean tech­nol­ogy giants pave the way for this mar­ket to gear up and take up the chal­lengers that ac­com­pa­nied it. To­day, Mid­dle East­ern trav­ellers have def­i­nitely over­taken most other more ma­ture mar­kets as a leader in trend­ing as they move up to ful­fill their goals. The UAE and Saudi Ara­bia are two coun­tries which seem to be at the helm of util­is­ing travel tech­nol­ogy, hence the fo­cus is on them. The UAE has taken one step fur­ther in en­sur­ing their step on a dif­fer­ent form of tourism al­to­gether, what we know as space tourism. Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence is an­other as­pect. A key point to note here is that th­ese tech­nolo­gies have em­braced peo­ple so much so that they have lost the hu­man touch.

As UAE gets closer to vi­sion 2020, new plans and reg­u­la­tions are been im­ple­mented to en­sure that a more com­pli­ant so­ci­ety is de­vel­oped over the next few years by the in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the two states from Jan­uary 1, 2018.

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