MENA region to have 195 million visitors by 2030

Published on : Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dubai World Trade CentreBy 2030, visitors to the MENA region will total around 195 million and grow at a higher rate than the world average, according to the UNWTO. This rapid development of the sector will be a part of the discussion at the UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market, which will be held on April 24-27 in Dubai World Trade Centre. This forum will particularly focus on the contribution of tourism to sustainable economic growth and diversification of the MENA region.

To quote Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, “The Mideast has experienced huge changes since the UNWTO Ministers Forum was last held at ATM back in 2015. This year will reflect the pace and level of that development.” To quote Dr. Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General, “Tourism has become a key economic activity across the region, particularly in the GCC countries, where it is establishing itself as a pillar and key driver of the modern ‘post–oil’ economies of those countries.” He said that tourism has become a vital tool for advancing the global economy, representing 10% of the world’s GDP, 30% of services exports and one in every 11 jobs.

This forum is among the number of events in the year-long program of activities under the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. The forum will be taking place on Monday 24 April from 3.30pm, at the Al Multaqua Ballroom. It will be held under the patronage of H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. The forum will address several tourism-related issues.


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