Traveling abroad is considered almost routine by Kuwaitis whenever the opportunity arises, whether during holidays or summer seasons and there are many travel destinations and different travel purposes in light of the high tourist culture that Kuwaitis enjoy due to frequent travel and constant passion. for seasonal migration, reports Al-Qabas daily. Faced with important holidays, the most important of which is summer, citizens begin to book tickets to travel abroad on tourist trips to escape the hot summer season in Kuwait and seek to spend pleasant moments in a family atmosphere in countries that offer the required luxury, which may not exist in the country such as nature and mountain resorts.
Mechanisms for choosing the intended destination vary depending on various factors, including preferred and safe destination, appropriate economic cost, friendly advice and tourism board campaigns, and hotel offers and hotel discounts. Next comes the process of carrying out travel procedures, which begins with specialized programs on the Internet or with travel agencies, tourist agencies and airlines.
Travel destinations preferred by Kuwaitis vary and differ during the holiday season, and excluding treatment trips which are governed by special circumstances, the most important destinations are clear after tracking and performance analysis. tourism over the past few years and citizen surveys over the next few years. destinations, the change of priorities, which can be separated into two phases – the pre-epidemic and post-epidemic Corona phase, without neglecting the intermediate phase during the outbreak of the epidemic, which has experienced some shifts – although few many – when conditions permitted at the time.
In 2019, we find that travelers were heading to neighboring countries, and Lebanon, Egypt and Dubai were among the most important destinations during quick vacations, while traveling to more distant regions during summer vacation, so Turkey, London, Georgia and America have become favorites. While in previous years we have witnessed a marked fluctuation among Kuwaitis, with the sudden appearance of new destinations such as Bosnia, Georgia and Bulgaria, according to what was confirmed by the one of Eva airline’s reservations managers in press releases regarding reservations for the summer of 2017, as destinations the Kuwaiti traveler was not used to.
According to statistics given by Mubasher, which provides more than 600,000 hotels worldwide, in 2017 the most important destinations were Dubai which accounted for 29% of Kuwaiti flights; London as a preferred destination for historical and cultural reasons; Paris, which contains fashion markets, restaurants and theaters; Barcelona with a passion for football and attending matches; Munich as one of the favorite cities of Kuwaitis, and it is close to Austria, not to mention that Germany is a privileged destination for treatment; New York is unique to Kuwaitis and is reserved for businessmen and politicians; Istanbul is a tourist city with a special atmosphere and a special location; Rome, which captures a large share of the Kuwaiti market; Los Angeles, which is a good outlet for other American states; Bangkok, which is one of the best cities in the world, for its cheapness and distinctive activities. As for Hussein Al-Sulaiten, member of the board of the Federation of Tourism and Travel Offices and head of the media committee, he explained in his statements to the media that the travel season during the last Eid was for the Turkey, London, Dubai and Cairo, with high travel demand, as the last Eid holiday was the first holiday after the outbreak.
After the outbreak, Turkey has remarkably come back as the top destination for Kuwaiti tourists since last year due to overlapping factors, in addition to the decline in the Turkish Lira exchange rate, which has reflected in the sums spent by the Kuwaiti during his trip, and the country does not require strict sanitary measures around Corona, with licenses for air tickets. No entry visa required.
Up to the previous Eid al-Fitr holiday, airlines achieved remarkable revenue of $60 million, with aircraft occupancy rates up nearly 100% across all tourist destinations, in especially the ones we’ve mentioned, and ticket prices gradually rising from an average of $400 to $850 before the holidays. – Media reports and press interviews estimate that the income of tourism and travel agencies from tourist traffic income during public holidays, during these seasons, is around 20 million dinars. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently said that air travel rebounded last February from January of the previous year 2022, as the effects of the Omicron mutation diminished – and the report says airlines airlines in the Middle East recorded a 215.3% increase in passenger traffic last February.
According to a report, the travel and tourism sector in Kuwait faces a number of challenges and obstacles, in addition to the absence of an integrated and clear government vision to move this sector forward, to take its place in supporting the national economy – which is reflected in Kuwait’s ranking in the tourism industry, which accounts for 2.1% of GDP; Worth just $2.5 billion, the country received only 182,000 international tourists, with an average income per tourist of around $2,739.
Sources say there is no integrated and clear government vision to modernize the sector while there is a need to provide good and attractive recreational areas for citizens, the country received only 182,000 tourists international in 2017 with an average income per tourist of approximately 2,739 dollars. In the latest reading of the citizens’ survey on travel destinations this summer, we find that the most important travel destinations for Kuwaitis this summer are Turkey, London, Bodrum, Cairo and Europe. Data shows that Kuwaitis spent around $7 billion on travel in 2014; 20% of spending goes to hotels and the rest goes to airfare, entertainment and food.
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