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The GCC must deliver unique and tech-enabled experiences designed for free independent travellers (FITs) if it is to grow its market share among China’s outbound tourists, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.

Africa’s vast aviation potential as the continent continues to increase airline frequency to the GCC will be explored at the Inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India and Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on April 30 and May 01.

AIR TRAVEL HAS BECOME FAR MORE COMPLEX THAN GETTING A PASSENGER SAFELY FROM A TO B. NOWADAYS, AIRLINES FROM THE MENA REGION ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF DEVELOPMENTS AND ARE BECOMING MORE INNOVATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO CUSTOMER SERVICE, PROVIDING NEW LEVELS OF COMFORT AND DECREASING THEIR FOOTPRINT.

However, in his study The Future of Airline Distribution, 2016 – 2021, Henry H. Harteveldt, Atmosphere Research Group, warned that the five year span between 2016 and 2021 will witness a steady effort by airlines to take back control of their distribution destinies.

TECHNOLOGY IS PAVING THE WAY TO THE FUTURE AND EVEN MORE NOW, WHEN IT COMES TO THE TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY, IT IS UP TO EVER-EVOLVING GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (GDS) TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE.

As Durai revealed, one of the main reasons of the sector’s rapid growth was the introduction of more relaxed visa options, including a new multiple entry visa for cruise guests which facilitated the administrative processes and has helped reach a wider pool of international vacationers.

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