Tourico Holidays is reporting that inbound hotel room nights to the Middle East have increased by 112 percent (year-over-year) in 2017. Outbound travel from the market is showing growth, as well. Hotel room nights sold from the Middle East are pacing at an increase of 138 percent through the end of 2017.
Tourico reports a sharp increase in Chinese travel to the Middle East with a 60 percent increase in hotel room nights booked so far in 2017. Additionally, The United States has increased its hotel room nights to the Middle East by 12 percent year-over-year, while Germany (+21% YOY), Canada (+8% YOY), and South American countries (+9% YOY) have also been key contributors to the growth.
Tourico Holidays recently moved into a new facility in Business Bay, Dubai and since the move in November 2016, Tourico has increased its partner portfolio by over 40 percent – adding distribution clients like Al Tayyar Travel Group in Saudi Arabia, Atlas Travels in Turkey, and Satguru Travel in Dubai.
“Over the past several years, it’s become obvious – the Middle Eastern hotel industry is booming,” said Ala Andriuta, the Product Director of the Middle East for Tourico Holidays. “Hotel room nights are up, key source markets such as China and the U.S. continue to increase their demand for the region, hotel cancellation rates are down 45 percent in 2017, and Middle Easterners are booking more hotel nights than ever.”