The report, which is based on data collected on January 12, 2021, indicated that travel intent to Qatar went up by 70.5 percent, the “most dramatic change” seen among markets monitored in the region.
“The newly restored diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar appear to have shown a positive light on travel intent, and intra-regional travel shows very early signs of picking up,” said Sojern, which has access to real-time traveller audiences and visibility into global travel demand.
Among the travellers planning to fly to Qatar, those from the United States account for 14 percent of inbound searches over the last two months, according to Sojern.
Visitors from Egypt came second on the list, accounting for 8.4 percent of the global flight searches to Qatar, followed by travellers from Oman (7 percent), India (6.3 percent), Jordan (5.1 percent), and Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, at 4.8 percent each.
Turkish travellers have also shown interest to visit Qatar, accounting for 4.4 percent of the flight searches, as well as those from the United Kingdom (3.8 percent) and other South Asian countries (3.7 percent).
As for hotel stays, customers from the UAE have topped the list of search volumes by potential guests within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region (1.36 percent), followed by Saudi Arabia (1.13 percent), Turkey (0.98 percent) , Jordan (0.8 percent) and Kuwait (0.61 percent).
Customers from South Africa, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman have also been searching for hotel accommodations in Qatar over the last several days.
The majority of hotel bookings, however, are likely to come from residents in Qatar, which account for 93.6 percent of the total search volumes.
“When comparing intra-regional travel intent from the last 14 days with searches that have been made over the last week, out of the three GCC countries (Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia), Qatar has experienced the most dramatic change
UAE-based carriers Flydubai and Etihad Airways announced last week the resumption of flights to Qatar following the lifting of the three-year embargo imposed on the Gulf state.
(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)
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