Published on : Monday, November 12, 2018
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that India will account for over 50 million outbound tourists by 2022. Burgeoning middle class (350 million), and higher average Indian traveler spends are critical factors behind India’s growing outbound market.
Average Indian spends U.S. dollars 1,200 per visit as compared with Americans (U.S. dollars 700) and British (U.S. dollars 500) travelers as per Forbes 2018.
The CAGR growth in Indian tourist arrivals to Oman has been 8.3 per cent. India is UAE’s largest source market. The average growth in the number of Indian visitors has been at CAGR 5.4 per cent.
About 37 per cent of India’s outbound market travels to the GCC for reasons – business, place of work and leisure.
GCC countries have taken steps to attract the Indian source market. Indian passport holder with a valid UK, US, Canada, Australia, Japan or Schengen visa are eligible for a 10 days tourist visa at a nominal cost in Oman. Indian passport holders are eligible for Visit e-Visa in Bahrain.
Indian passport holders with a green card or valid US visa are eligible for Visa on Arrival in UAE valid for 14 days (can be extended).
The report was released before Arabian Travel Market 2019.