Published on : Thursday, March 14, 2019
As per the recent data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which is arranged at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019, over the period 2018 to 2023, arrivals from Europe to the GCC will grow by 29%, motivated by new and direct flight routes, a rising number of millennial and middle-class travelers and competitive airfares.
As per ATM’s research partner, Colliers International, in 2023, as many as 8.3 million EU residents will travel to the GCC, an additional 1.9 million travelers in comparison to 2018 arrival figures.
Adding to this, statistics from ATM 2018 highlight delegate numbers from Europe have raised 5% between 2017 and 2018, as the number of delegates, exhibitors and attendees keen on doing business with Europe increased by 24%.
To quote Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market, “Historically, Europe and the GCC have enjoyed excellent travel and tourism links and this trend is set to continue over the next four years.”
“The UAE and Saudi Arabia are expected to continue to be the preferred GCC destinations for European tourists, welcoming a projected 6.15 million and 1.11 million visitors respectively by 2023. Oman will follow with 720,000 visitors, while Bahrain will welcome 310,000 and Kuwait 140,000.”
Driving this demand in the UAE all through the last year, Emirates launched new flights to London Stansted, Edinburgh, Lyon and Paris; Etihad to Barcelona; flydubai to Catania, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Helsinki; and Air Arabia to Prague. As in Saudi Arabia, new routes to destinations like Vienna and Malaga were added at the same period.