WiT Virtual: Unlocking The Promise Of The Middle East
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Up to last year, this was a region on the move. Consumers were migrating online. Dubai was preparing for its WorldExpo 2020. Saudi Arabia had opened up its borders to leisure tourism and billions of dollars were flowing into the kingdom to build infrastructure so that tourism would contribute 10% of GDP (likely well in excess of $100 billion) by 2030. Well, we all know what happened at the start of 2020.
How has Covid-19 impacted the region? How have the major online travel brands responded? What needs to be done to restart and recover? The consumer fundamentals remain strong – this is a young, social, highly mobile population – but what shifts in consumer behavior will last long after the crisis and how will that influence product and strategy, going forward?
Ross Veitch, CEO & Co-founder, Wego
Stuart Crighton, CEO & Founder, Cleartrip
Muzzammil Ahussain, Executive Vice President, Consumer Travel, Seera Group
Stephan Ekbergh, CEO, Travelstart