Saudis Are Considering Their Own Country For Long Leisure Trips, Reveals Report On Travel Trends

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Saudis Are Considering Their Own Country For Long Leisure Trips, Reveals Report On Travel Trends

Saudi Arabia is known for its beautiful mosques, Arabian coffee, oil, palaces, and so much more. According to a report, Saudis these days are actually considering their own country for long leisure trips instead of going international. Yes, this and more were revealed in a report published by Almosafer, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel company. The report spoke about the latest travel trends for Saudi travellers. 

Saudis Are Considering Saudi Arabia For Long Trips

Almosafer recently released a report that details the most recent international and domestic travel patterns for Saudi travellers. It states that Saudis are spending more on longer journeys. While the average order value has increased by 15% since pre-pandemic, the average trip length has increased by 13% to 9.1 days from 8 days in 2019.

It indicates that domestic travel amplifies this change even further. Saudis are now considering their own country as a place to explore as they spend more money on longer leisure excursions in the Kingdom. Earlier, domestic travel used to be driven by shorter trips for purposes such as visiting family, friends, or special occasions. 


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The average length of domestic journeys has also increased significantly, rising from 3.7 days in 2019 to 5 days in 2023. Longer journeys translate into higher travellers’ spending, with the average domestic order value rising by 40% from 2019 to 2023. 

The average domestic booking window has also grown by 12%, from 6.9 days in 2019 to 7.7 days in 2023, indicating that Saudis are taking more time to plan their domestic travel.

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Report Shows International And Domestic Destinations Preferred

According to the report, Saudi Arabian tourists frequently travel to Dubai, Cairo, London, Istanbul, and Doha. Doha, on the other hand, continues to appeal to Saudi tourists as a vacation spot even after the World Cup concludes in Q4 2022. 

Rome, Bangkok, and Seoul are famous travel destinations, and other Asian locations are also rising in popularity. Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, and Abha remain top domestic travel destinations, and Al Ula, Taif, and Najran are currently popular travel destinations within Saudi Arabia.


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Another pattern is an increase in single passengers, who will make up 24% of all travellers in 2023, up from 14% in 2019. 

When booking flights, consumers are demonstrating an ever-growing preference for low-cost carriers over full-service airlines. The rise in low-cost carrier reservations is a result of expanded routes and capacity. Saudis are choosing more affordable flight options while preferring to spend more money when they get to their destination.

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