Travel Counsellors UAE has revealed its top outbound travel trends for 2017, providing insight into the key booking patterns and destination preferences of its customers. Halal tourism and accessible travel have been identified as key growth markets, while Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka are proving popular.
The 2017 ‘My Travel Counsellors’ Conference, which took place at Taj Dubai hotel from September 12-13, talked about how the company’s highly relational business model has contributed to a 32% surge in repeat bookings year on year. The company has also experienced a 35% increase in sales for over the past three months compared to the same period in 2016.
Travel Counsellors UAE manager Maggie Bootsman said: “Travel Counsellors UAE is witnessing one of its best years yet and our annual conference provided an ideal platform for unveiling some of the key factors driving this growth. “Not only are more UAE residents travelling, but they are visiting first-time destinations and seeking niche products and our team of Travel Counsellors, known for their personalised service and in-depth product knowledge, are fulfilling specific travel requirements whether they be cultural, religious or otherwise.”
45 Travel Counsellors attended the conference and met with 30 local and global suppliers, including, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Azerbaijan-based DMC PASHA Travel. Headline speakers at the event included Jim Eastwood, global sales director, Travel Counsellors and Iain Andrew, divisional senior vice president, dnata Travel.
Details of the recently-introduced ‘Travel Trade’ programme, a new ‘route to entry’ for travel-related business owners, were also outlined. The programme is designed specifically for individuals with travel trade experience, but in non-retail roles, who would like to establish their own home-based travel business for the company.