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Monday, 12 November 2018 13:00

Outbound tourism from the GCC grows strongly

Outbound tourism from the GCC grows strongly

A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian Peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD 60 billion in 2017, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press statement of the World Tourism Organization.

 ‘The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Outbound Travel Market’, a new report prepared by UNWTO and ETC with the support of Value Retail, examines the fast-growing outbound market of the GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – with an additional focus on the image of Europe as a tourism destination. It finds that per-capita international tourism spending from the GCC was 6.5 times higher than the global average in 2017, with expenditure estimated to be more than USD 60 billion in 2017, up from USD 40 billion in 2010.

 “GCC countries constitute a fast-growing market with the potential to make a significant contribution to European tourism, diversifying demand and promoting new tourism segments”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili upon launching the report.

More details: http://www2.unwto.org/press-release/2018-11-08/unwtoetc-report-outbound-tourism-spending-gulf-six-times-global-average

Person in charge of the newsline: Olga Nagiyeva 

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