Published on : Tuesday, December 10, 2019
According to a report revealed before the Arabian Travel Market the number of tourists from UK to the GCC will increase 22 % between the period 2018 to 2024. This will be due to the new and direct flight routes, competitive airfares and growth in the number of leisure travellers.
An estimated USD 6.3 billion in travel and tourism revenue is expected to be generated in travel and tourism revenue by 2024. This shows an increase of 34% as compared with figures from the same period last year.
The total tourism spend in the GCC, reached USD 70.2bn last year, with the UK travellers average spend during trips to the region. This was 27% higher than the average spend of any other visitor.
Danielle Curtis, exhibition director for ME at the Arabian Travel Market stated that historically, the UK and the GCC have enjoyed excellent travel and tourism links and this trend is set to continue over the next four years despite the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the bleak pound to dollar exchange rate, in which sterling has declined 18.9% since 19 June 2015.
He went on saying that the UAE is expected to continue to be the preferred GCC destination for British tourists, welcoming a projected 2.23 million visitors by 2023. Saudi Arabia will follow with 251,000 visitors, Oman is expected to receive 165,000, Bahrain 159,000 and Kuwait 5,000.