"Travelers in the Middle East still flock to traditional agents, and so offline bookings account for nearly three-fourths of the market," says Jeff Strachan, research analyst at Phocuswright. "But with many of these agents now adopting a hybrid offline/online approach, and with smartphone usage exploding among the region's young, digitally-savvy travelers, the online channel is poised for rapid growth." Report highlights include: - The Middle East travel market is set to grow at a fast clip, from US$72B in 2014 to nearly $98B in 2017. - A technically savvy, young population will drive online penetration from 25% in 2014 to 36% by 2017. - Offline gross bookings will continue to have the highest share, but will decline from 75% in 2014 to 64% in 2017. Get the full story at PhoCusWright