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Travellers prioritising mental health

Travellers are worried about their mental health.

A new study by global traveller experiences expert Collinson has revealed that as well as their physical wellbeing, people are also concerned about mental wellbeing as they look to resume holidays again.

Over three quarters (76 percent) of travellers in the United Arab Emirates and 80 per cent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be looking to prioritise mental health when it comes to travel.

Following the coronavirus pandemic, nearly one third of people think travel will be more stressful amid the current health crisis, with many looking towards special services to ease their stress.

This includes airport lounges, even if they have to be paid for, and sleeping pods at the airport.

Priyanka Lakhani, Director South Asia and Commercial Director Middle East and Africa at Collinson, said: "In the context of travel during COVID-19, it’s often the conversation around physical wellbeing that has dominated so it’s very insightful to understand more about the importance passengers in the region place on the emotional and mental wellbeing aspects of their journey. While hygiene measures are critical, looking after travellers’ all-round wellness across the travel experience will be just as important and will help the travel industry shape its offering to encourage and rebuild traveller confidence. The travel industry needs to stay flexible, resilient, and innovative in adapting to ever-changing situations and to ensure the traveller experience is as comfortable and safe as possible."

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