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
– as management imposes “gang merger”Several estates are already being impacted as Government moves to downsize the local sugar industry. Among those are Albion Estate on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice, whose management has moved to impose certain new measures — including merging gangs — that would lead to a reduction in shop stewards.In an effort to get this issue addressed, scores of Albion Estate cane cutters picketed the estate’s administrative office on Thursday, protesting against the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) action to reassemble working gangs 14A, 14B and 15A into one gang.Scores of Albion Estate cane cutters have staged a picketing exercise outside of that estate’s Administrative Office, expressing strong disagreement over a GuySuCo decision to merge three (3) cane cutting gangsPresident of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, told Guyana Times that GuySuCo’s unilateral action would reduce the number of shop stewards from nine to three, and those would be presiding over a workforce of approximately 700 cane cutters. According to him, this serves as a major demotivation.Chand said the shop stewards were, on July 25, 2017, informed of the decision by an official of GuySuCo, who allegedly refused to engage the stewards on the rationale for the decision, but — reportedly in an unpleasant tone — told them, “It was a management decision”.GAWU is of the view that three shop stewards cannot effectively service the issues and problems which arise in the course of the workers’ day; hence, over the past years, the ratio of shop stewards to workers has been about three to 230/ 250 workers – a ratio which has been tested and proven workable to date.Chand says this move by the ‘New GuySuCo’ is yet another rollback of the workers’ gains, and is cause for greater demotivation within the harassed workforce across the sugar belt.“GAWU calls on GuySuCo to engage immediately the Union and the shop stewards in earnest, with a view to addressing the “gang merger,” a GAWU statement has said.Chand told Guyana Times that the forceful merger of the previously mentioned gangs at this time — commencement of the sugar industry’s second crop harvest — is a most negative approach by those in charge of the industry, and may not have factored in consideration of the best interests of the sugar industry.In announcing plans to downsize the sugar industry, Government has said it plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar estates, and sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory; but it intends to keep the estates at Blairmont, on the West Bank of Berbice; Albion-Rose Hall, in East Berbice; and Uitvlugt-Wales in West Demerara.Government also plans to cut sugar production to approximately 147,000 tonnes per annum, to satisfy local market demand (25,000 tonnes per annum); Caricom and other regional markets’ demand (50,000-60,000 tonnes per annum); the United States’ market demand (12,500 tonnes per annum) and the world market demand (50,000 tonnes per annum).
Travel agents are under client demand to offer more mobile-technology service to travellers on-the-go, according to new research. A release distributed by Asia based technology company, Abacus, explained that along with the “explosion” of smart phone and tablet users, people are demanding and expecting “travel agents to adapt to their changing behaviour” and bring customer service into the “current age”.“Today’s connected traveller wants a comfortable and seamless experience from departure to arrival,” Abacus Distribution Hong Kong managing director Winnie Lau explained.“Similar to travellers today, agents need to be savvier in utilising key technologies and information to stay connected and help customers keep an effortless travel schedule.”Launching Abacus Mobile solution in 2010, Ms Lau said agencies utilising its mobile tool have experienced an increase in productivity and service to customers.Earlier this year, Sabre Pacific also announced an additional mobile feature to its GDS system that will allow agents to send messages to travellers on-the-go straight to their TripCase mobile app.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J