The four Middle Eastern countries whose travelers spend the most on travel In the latest research of Skift called “Outgoing trips of the countries of the Middle East in 2019”, a detailed overview of this market is provided. The report begins with an overview of the size of the market and the growth forecast of the region as a whole, as well as the characteristics of individual countries. The research then focuses on the key factors that study what drives international travel in the region and the consumer behavior trends that shape their travel-related preferences. Finally, some of the case studies of global tourism brands and destinations implementing strategic initiatives to conquer part of this market are covered. Average government spending per visit to the United Kingdom Consumption per outbound trip Average consumption per outbound trip Source / photo: Skift Looking at the largest consumers from that region at the country level, the dominance of the Middle East is again noticeable. The four GCC countries, which we wrote about earlier, also show very high spending per visit, as shown by VisitBritain data, with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia leading in spending. The average cost of outbound travel for residents of the three Middle Eastern countries is over $ 3.000. Research estimates Skift Research show that this is $ 1.100 more than the average consumption of American travelers. Due to the great wealth of the region, travel expenses of travelers from the Middle East are higher compared to other countries and regions. In 2017, average spending per outbound trip was $ 1.551, which is more than spending in the UK and Germany, two large outbound markets globally. Travelers of this lucrative market are happy to visit international destinations and are prone to long journeys. All in all, they have all the components that a target destination market should have worldwide. Certain destination marketing organizations have noted similar trends when visiting Middle Eastern travelers to their destinations. Data from the UK’s VisitBritain tourist board, for example, reveals that travelers from the Middle East in the UK spent an average of $ 2.040 per visit, compared to $ 1.579 for Asian travelers and $ 1.091 for North American travelers. Passengers from the three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries spent an average of more than $ 3.000 per outbound trip. By comparison, U.S. travelers spend an average of about $ 1.900 a year. Average consumption of the regions per visit to the United Kingdom
Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanThe Undergraduate Student Government Elections Commission administered two strikes to Austin Dunn and Morgan Monahan’s presidential campaign after the other two tickets filed complaints, according to transcripts from elections hearings released Tuesday. The verdict from the hearings, which took place Sunday, stated that the Elections Commission unanimously banned the campaign from posting on social media for a 48-hour period. The social media ban, according to the Elections Commission, includes but is not limited to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts by the candidates and their team on their personal accounts. The sanctions became effective Monday at 12:01 a.m. and remained in effect until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Furthermore, the two strikes will count toward a nine-strike limit, at which point the ticket would be disqualified, according to the USG Elections Code.Dunn, a junior majoring in political science and pursuing a master’s in public diplomacy, and Monahan, a junior majoring in business administration, announced their candidacy for president and vice president, respectively, on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. However, the other two tickets — consisting of Rachel Udabe and running mate Rebecca Harbeck and current USG Senator Daniel Million and running mate Timothy Vorhoff — alleged in complaints filed with the USG Elections Commission on Jan. 27 that Dunn and Monahan had begun their campaigning the day before what was allowed, on Jan. 25 at approximately 11:00 a.m.In one hearing, Udabe and Harbeck asked the four deciding commissioners to disqualify Monahan and Dunn on the basis that they had broken election codes by creating a Facebook group and inviting several hundred members before the start of the official campaign period. Udabe and Harbeck argued that this put the other two tickets at a disadvantage. “If they are not disqualified, there is no reason for candidates in the future to not engage in this type of problematic behavior,” Harbeck said at the hearing, according to the transcript. “If you can gain a clear advantage in the beginning without fear of actual punishment to advance your ends, why would other people not do this as well?”Million and Vorhoff, whose complaint was addressed in the other hearing on Sunday, said that several people invited to join were current members of USG who should not have been involved based on their positions. Furthermore, they added that having a group formed 32 hours before the official start of the campaign period gave Dunn and Monahan’s campaign a strong base of supporters a full day in advance. “Just based on having over a hundred people added to a secret group, don’t you feel like that would also affect just having people knowledgeable about the election a day ahead of time, don’t you think they could have spread the word to their friends?” Million said at the hearing. “Just having a hundred people, of course they would probably talk to an additional person or two additional people.” Monahan and Dunn agreed that they had set up the Facebook group on Jan. 25, but stated that initially, they only invited a core group of people who were involved with their campaign to take part in it. However, these people then invited others, which led to the group having over 300 members by Jan. 26, according to the transcript from the hearing. “This was in no way meant to be a malicious act against the other two tickets,” Monahan said, according to the hearing transcripts. “It was honestly just because we were excited. We’ve been planning this since October.” However, Dunn added that he believed his team was not the only one to have broken campaign rules.“We have specific cases from both teams about how they actually announced the campaign before we even did, so we thought that it would be in our best favor if we just slid everything under the rug because we’re all kind of responsible for that,” Dunn said at the hearing, according to the transcript. “And we thought it would kind of be best to move forward from that and have a very clean campaign, but other teams may not have felt that way.”The three campaign tickets were not allowed to comment on the situation, and the Elections Commission also declined to comment. This post was updated on Feb. 1 at 12:46 a.m.
March Madness 2019: Louisville women’s coach watches win from nearby bar Now, the Bruins are playing for their fourth consecutive trip to the Sweet 16.More storylines from Round 1 of the NCAA Women’s Tournament:There were few upsets on Friday with top-seeded teams like UConn, Mississippi State, Louisville, Oregon and Iowa all advancing to the second round. However, they will all be joined by No. 10 Indiana. The Hoosiers erased a 37-29 halftime deficit to upset No. 7 Texas, 69-65. Ali Patberg secured the win with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.Two games went into overtime on the first day of competition. No. 5 Marquette outlasted No. 12 Rice, 58-54, and No. 7 Missouri slipped by No. 10 Drake, 77-76. It took just one free throw from Jordan Roundtree to seal the deal in the final second.The second day of the tournament was just as exciting and ended with a thrilling overtime victory from No. 4 Oregon State. The Beavers almost fell prey to the biggest upset of the tournament when No. 13 Boise State used a second-half push to tie the game. Oregon State survived in the extra period behind sound shooting from the charity stripe. March Madness 2019: Notre Dame top seed of women’s bracket, UConn No. 2 The Vols, who made it into the tournament with an at-large bid, came back from a 17-point deficit before ultimately falling to the Bruins, 89-77. The last time this happened was in 2009 against Ball State. Tennessee is the only program that has competed in every tournament since it was held for women in 1982. Related News So, this one hurts.”Losing doesn’t feel real good,” coach Holly Warlick said.Warlick, whose job could be in jeopardy after the team finished with less than 20 wins for the first time since the 1975-76 season, added: “It’s out of my control. I love this program, I love what it stands for. Do I want to continue coaching? Absolutely. But if it needs to go in a different direction, that’s not up to me.” This almost never happens. The No. 11 Tennessee women’s basketball team has only been ousted from the first round of the NCAA Tournament once before, but Saturday against No. 6 UCLA, the Volunteers made another early exit.
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