Travel & Hospitality

July 2, 2019,   3:04 PM

Online Travel Growing Into A Vibrant Industry In The Middle East

Waleed Hmidan

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Yeoh Siew Hoon, founder of the annual event, Web In Travel, spoke to us on the sidelines this year about WiT's vision for the Middle East and how it is growing.

“ I have been covering the travel tech seen for many years, and it’s really very exciting to be back in Dubai for our third WiT Middle East event.

"It’s incredible to see how much hasn’t changed - i.e. the diversity and dynamism of the region, and how a young population is really driving change. But at the same time, so much has changed, in terms of mobile uptake for example, I’m told that Saudi Arabia has the highest mobile user number, two for each person, so that is higher – I think – than some markets in southeast Asia.

"We brought WiT back because we recognize that the industry here has grown so much that we want to be part of it and its excitement. We are very happy with the great turnout that we have, they really are leaders that are influencing and shaping the next wave of online travel. We are so happy and proud of it and we will definitely return and play a big part in the Middle East.”

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