Kara Moddermann, industry manager – travel, Middle East & North Africa, Google, said during a seminar at ATM 2014: “Using mobile gadgets seems to be distinctively preferred by travellers in the region.” Separately, PhoCusWright has reported that OTA sales in the Middle East crossed US$2.3 billion in 2013 and usage is expected to escalate by up to 17 per cent by end-2014. Najeh Boughzala, project manager, Alpha Tours Dubai, said: “The online booking of flights and hotels is definitely on the rise and will continue to be so as comparison of prices to get the most competitive offer is relatively easy online. Moreover, youngsters like to search, find and often decide immediately. Handheld gadgets are very convenient for such decisions and purchases.” Get the full story at TTG Asia Read also "New research by Amadeus reveals key future travel trends in the Middle East"