Tourists will alter behaviour to be more sustainable: Report

A report by Arabian Travel Market has shown the rise of ecotourism

Sharjah Collection's Kingfisher Lodge
Sharjah Collection's Kingfisher Lodge

A report released by Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has shown the rise of ecotourism and that travellers are willing to change their habits to be more sustainable.

Ecotourism, wellness, adventure and agritourism (EWAA) is on the rise. According to data from Colliers, 70% of global travellers are now more likely to book accommodation that is eco-friendly, with 52% prepared to alter their behaviour on holiday to become more sustainable.

It continues that travellers now are more aware of the environmental cost of tourism and thus try to book holidays that are more sustainable. Activities such as ‘glamping’ are gaining more traction due to its relatively low environmental impact.

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ATM’s exhibition director ME, Danielle Curtis, said: “Glamping has become increasingly popular in the Middle East over recent years, mainly as a result of the region’s varied landscapes, with various glamping sites opening throughout the UAE, Oman and Jordan including Hatta Sedr Lodges, Hatta; Bedouin Oasis Camp, Ras Al Khaimah; Desert Nights Camp, Oman and Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp, Jordan.”

Another finding in the report is the increase in solo-travelling.

Solo and female travellers saw an increase of 17.4% in 2018 against 2017. Colliers data continued that 58% of millennials are more likely to travel alone, compared to 47% of baby boomers. It also noted that 74% of all solo-travellers were females using social media.

Curtis continued: “Women control approximately 40% of global wealth, a factor that has greatly contributed to more woman opting to take solo trips in recent years. Seeking time for themselves, solo female travellers tend to select their location based on adventure, culture, relaxation and gastronomy as well as visiting destinations as part of voluntary programmes or to learn new skills.”

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