Published on : Friday, May 5, 2017
Over 10 per cent of total visitors to the UAE and SaudiArabia are from the UK. These two are the top destinations in the GCC favored by business and leisure travelers from the United Kingdom, according to HotelsCombined, an accommodation comparison platform.
HotelsCombined said that the UK is followed by Australia and the United States. Other travellers are from South Korea, India, Sweden, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia’s proximity to the UK makes it a convenient destination for travellers. 43 per cent of those who booked their accommodation were between the 25 to 34 years old, followed by those aged 35 to 44, who comprised 30 per cent of the total numbers.
Amer AlHalabi, general manager of HotelsCombined, said “It is interesting to note that the GCC region can accommodate many types of travellers, be it tourists or business professionals. The presence of a variety of hotels, attractions, conferences, affordable packages and the warm weather are factors that contribute mostly to the decision of tse travellers.” He added, “We can see a robust growth in the ME tourism industry because the region offers high-end luxury developments and international standard attractions. We know that other popular destinations will be competing to attract these markets but the #UAE and #SaudiArabia are two of the countries in the region that have the resources and commitment to turn its vision into reality.”
HotelsCombined also said that travellers to the UAE and SaudiArabia were mainly families, couples and businesses.