GCC countries add £ 1.1 billion to UK’s tourism

Published on : Monday, May 18, 2015

visit-britainUK is receiving increasing number of footfalls from GCC states which contributed £ 1.1 billion ($1.72 billion) in the UK’s tourism kitty in the first nine months of 2014. Tourists from the Saudi Arabia are the fastest growing tourists in the UK’s tourism sector.


There has been a four percent rapid growth from the same time in the previous year. There were 114,000 people who visited the UK from the Saudi Arabia with a total spending recorded at  £301 million ($474.2 million) in the first nine months of 2014.


Saudi Arabia has recorded the fastest growth among the other GCC countries. The growth has been recorded at 42 per cent more in night stays about 1.9 million a whopping 58 percent increase in spend by the families who visited Britain from Saudi.


Saudi Arabia is being seen as a country to have the highest projected value percentage growth of about 181 percent among the 20 major and emerging markets.


UK has been a favourite destination for people from the gulf and they have always been regular visitors from the UAE who have spent in the first nine months of 2014 about £344 million ($542 million), accounting for 198,000 visitor numbers.


Other than Saudi and UAE, Kuwait is another emerging market for the UK. With a spending of £279 million ($440 million) for 74,000 visits and Qatar with £98 million ($154 million) for 44,000 visits, the British tourism circle has enough to gain from the GCC countries.


Christopher Rodrigues, the chairman of VisitBritain observed that “Bahrain has spent about £48 million ($76 million) for 18,000 visits and Omanis £27 million ($42.5 million) for 18,000 nights.”


Britain always gets sizable proportion of tourists from Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, the Apmea region, even Australia is steadily catching up.


The Destination Britain Apmea 2015 helped connect with the 84 of top travel agents across 18 countries from Asia Pacific and the Middle East in its three day event.


2014 also saw Indian tourists contributing to spending as they grew by three percent in 2014. Japanese tourist spent 12 per cent more than the previous year in 2014.


Tourists from Indonesia are also arriving in good numbers after a direct fight has been introduced by Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta to London via Amsterdam.


VisitBritain 2015 includes attractions from Scotland. The food and Drink festival is reason enough to draw tourists along with the Rugby World Cup which is scheduled to kick off in September in different locations of England and Wales.

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