Published on : Friday, April 6, 2018
The UAE and Saudi Arabia carries on to be the sought-after GCC destinations for the visitors from Europe, as the region’s two well-known economies are on track to greet 81 percent of the projected business and leisure travelers by 2020, as confirmed by the researcher Colliers International.
“Historically, Europe and the GCC have enjoyed excellent travel and tourism links. Building on this, over the next three years, EU arrivals to the GCC will increase and we will see this in both the leisure and business segments,” said Simon Press, senior exhibition director for Arabian Travel Market (ATM), for whom Colliers is the research partner.
The research firm explained that the UAE is predictable to obtain 14.5 million visitors, Saudi Arabia 5.4 million, Oman 2.21 million, Bahrain 1.72 million and Kuwait 738,000, by 2020. Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will add to 17 percent over 2018 to 2020, driven by introduction of new flights, routes, competitive fares, and the growing number of mid-market hotels all over the region, as per the data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22 to 25.
“While European tourists have previously travelled to the GCC for its luxury resorts, the growing numbers of millennial travellers, middle-class tourists and corporate travellers on a budget, are slowly changing traditional market trends, as is the growth in affordable, mid-market hotels combined with an increase in low-cost flights,” Mr Press said.