Despite Brexit, tourism to the UAE to remain steady

 Saturday, January 11, 2020 


In spite of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, tourism experts and officials are of the opinion that there would be a limited and short-term impact on tourism to the UAE, since it is a popular destination among travelers from the UK.


Matthew Sliedrecht, the Director of Marketing at Cleartrip said, “We saw a 27 per cent growth year-on-year in both inbound and outbound traffic between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in the first quarter of 2019. However, once the Brexit transitional period began, we saw that reverse into negative growth. Since March, we have seen that year on year traffic decrease by 12 per cent for inbound and 11 per cent for outbound.”


Lewis Allsopp, the CEO of Allsopp & Allsopp, said that the UAE is a tourist haven, and that UK citizens would love to discover what the country has to offer.


According to Dubai Tourism, despite the depreciation of the pound against the dollar, and continued Brexit uncertainty, the UK remained Dubai’s third largest source market with 1,086,000 visitors dropping in from January to November 2019 period.


Arrivals from the UK to the GCC are expected to increase 22 per cent over the 2018 to 2024 period, driven by new and direct flight routes, competitive air fares and a growing number of leisure travelers.


“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 per cent since June 19, 2015,” said Danielle Curtis, exhibition director for the Middle East region, Arabian Travel Market.


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