The results were based on a survey of close to 3,000 respondents “predominantly” from the MENA region by Insight Out Consultancy DMCC.
Among those polled, 88 percent also said they would go out and do a social activity when restrictions are lifted. About 10 percent of these people said they would consider a staycation.
“We believe this provides valuable insight for the travel and hospitality industry in a time of uncertainty, and a glimpse of optimism for businesses as they begin planning for the future post the pandemic,” said Mona Faraj, founder and managing director of Insight Out.
Millions of people worldwide have been ordered to stay at home as part of precautionary measures to stem the spread of coronavirus since March.
Despite strict measures to contain the infections, the virus has so far infected more than 3.5 million people worldwide. In the UAE, the national tally has reached more than 14,000, with 2,762 recoveries and 126 deaths.
With most of the global population still confined to their homes and more than 16,000 commercial aircraft grounded due to the virus, the airline industry has been devastated.
According to estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the passenger revenue losses for airlines this year would amount to $314 billion.
According to Insight Out’s survey, people who intend to go out after the lockdowns are lifted would first go for “mini-getaways,” with 33 percent planning to visit the beach, while others would go to the restaurant (29 percent), gym (16 percent) and the mall (12 percent), among others.
“People will still be cautious and prefer minimal contact,” Insight said.
Among those who plan to travel, nearly half (48 percent) said they would fly to their home country, while 52 percent would go to a holiday destination. Among the top destinations will be Europe (43 percent), followed by the Middle East (19 percent) and Asia Pacific (15 percent).
For the holidaymakers, spending a vacation in a resort or beach (40 percent) sounds very appealing, while cultural, sightseeing and nature activities are at the top of the list for the 21 percent.
(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Mily Chakrabarty)
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