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2547 12 Jan 2022

Winter Escape with Marriott Bonvoy!

Over 8 in 10 from the UAE are hoping to break with tradition and be able to go on holiday this winter to make up for the lack of summer breaks

  • 83% want to go on a winter holiday this year, and for 19% this would be the first time
  • Just 24% of those planning to go away say they usually go on a winter holiday
  • Making up for missed summer breaks is the main reason people will be going away
  • 87% are hoping to go away with their wider family, most to make up for time apart
  • Marriott Bonvoy explores the holiday plans of travellers from the UAE this winter

For immediate release on 12 January 2022 Travellers from the UAE are hoping to head abroad this winter to make up for a lack of summer holidays over the past two years. Furthermore, most would like to go away with their wider family to make up for time apart. This is according to research from Marriott Bonvoy, the travel loyalty programme.

The figures show that over eight in ten (83%) people in the UAE are planning to head away on holiday over winter this year, with the vast majority (87%) saying they would like to travel to a different country.

For many, a winter holiday will be breaking with tradition just 24% of those planning to go away this winter say they usually go away at this time of year. Nearly one in five (19%) say this would be the first time they have ever gone on holiday over winter.

Pandemic continuing to impact travel norm

This new trend for winter holidays has very much been as a result of the pandemic a third (32%) say they plan to go away because they couldnt over summer, whilst a further 36% say they are wanting to binge on holidays to make up for not being able to go away during the pandemic. Turkey (9%), Egypt (8%) and Maldives (7%) are the key destinations travellers from the UAE would like to head to this winter.

Taking the whole family along

The research reveals another trend as a result of the pandemic - a large surge in people who would like to go away with their wider family. Nearly nine in ten (87%) of those planning to go on holiday this winter say they would like to go away with wider family members. This compares to just a quarter (25%) who say they regularly go on holiday with multiple generations of their family.

Siblings (40%), parents (41%), cousins (25%) and aunties and uncles (14%) are the family members people from the UAE are hoping to travel with in future. The vast majority of those planning to go away with family members this winter (96%) say this is specifically to make up for not being able to see as much of each other during the pandemic.

The research offers a word of warning for those planning to go away with wider family members for the first time. Amongst those who have previously been away with multiple generations of their family, 29% say it is hard to keep everyone happy. However, there are benefits as well. Four in ten (42%) say they benefited from time with their family in a different environment, whilst 22% of parents with children under 18 said it was great to get family help looking after the kids. Twenty-four per cent said having others contribute costs towards the holiday was a large benefit.

When travelling with a large group, families seek accommodation that offers space and privacy. The research found that amongst those from the UAE, people planning to go on holiday this winter with their wider family, villas or rental homes will be the most popular option (42%) followed by adjoining rooms, suites or family rooms in hotels (41%). Thirty-nine per cent will opt for resort complexes with on-site dining and entertainment.

Neal Jones, Chief Sales Marketing Officer, Marriott International - Europe, Middle East Africa: We have seen significant interest in holidays this winter, due to continued pent up demand from the pandemic. We know that travellers from the UAE have a desire to get away especially over the holiday season, when families want to come together and make up for lost time and lost travels over the past two years. We always knew that there would be bumps in the road as we get back to a new normal for travel and we sincerely hope that families can reunite with loved ones this winter when they need it most.

The research is taken from Marriott Bonvoys Joy of Travel report, conducted amongst 14,000 consumers in Europe and the Middle East. Marriott Bonvoy is encouraging travellers to remember the joy, re-connection and appreciation of the world that travel brings whether they want to explore new destinations or return to old favourites as the world opens up again.

The figures are from new research from Marriott Bonvoy, the all-encompassing travel programme where members earn and redeem points seamlessly around the world at 7000+hotels, all-inclusive resorts and home rentals through Homes Villas by Marriott International. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques.

About Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy encompasses Marriott Internationals extraordinary portfolio of brands including the largest collection of luxury properties, award-winning loyalty programme, Homes Villas by Marriott International, online retail shop with 13 branded boutiques, and access to endless experiences all available through the Marriott Bonvoy Mobile app. Members can earn and redeem points for stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from American Express.For more information about Marriott Bonvoy or to enrol in the loyalty programme for free and receive member benefits, visitmarriottbonvoy.comand to download the Marriott Bonvoy Mobile app, visitmobile-app.marriott.com. Travellers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy onFacebook,Twitter, andInstagram.