Middle East Tourism News

GCC seeks unified tourism offering as unrest continues

GCC seeks unified tourism offering as unrest continues

Despite ongoing unrest across the Middle East, the Gulf Cooperation Council has experienced strong growth in outbound tourism, with further intentions to implement a common tourism strategy to strengthen cooperation among its member states. According to a new report by Travel & Tourism Intelligence Centre, GCC nationals made over 37 million outbound trips in 2013, with Saudi Arabia making the most trips with an increase from 18 million in 2012 to 21 million, and is forecast to reach over 33 million by 2018.

Middle East air travel leads global aviation

Middle East air travel leads global aviation

10th Nov 2013 Airline News

The Middle East aviation sector is leading a global revival of air travel growth, recording a year-on-year double digit increase of international passengers, according to the latest report released by the International Air Transport Association. The Air Passenger Market Analysis report said that Middle East carriers continue to experience the strongest rates of international passenger growth, with year-to-date Revenue Passenger Kilometres growing by 12.2 per cent from August 2012 to August 2013.

US State Department issues global travel alert

US State Department issues global travel alert

3rd Aug 2013 Tourism News

A global travel alert has been issued by The US State Department after it intercepted communications between senior al-Qaeda figures indicating a threat. Dozens of embassies and consulates in the Middle East and North Africa will close on Sunday, where the potential for an attack is thought to be particularly strong, according to reports.

Middle East on track for business travel boom in 2013

Middle East on track for business travel boom in 2013

14th Feb 2013 Press Release Travel Events News Tourism News

New survey reveals a rebound in market confidence while GIBTM exhibitors report strong 12-month prospects for key regional meetings destinations Corporate and meetings business in the Middle East has bounced back from the global economic crisis and looks set to achieve strong growth in 2013, new market data has revealed.

Middle East protests against US impacts on tourism

Middle East protests against US impacts on tourism

15th Sep 2012 Tourism News

Tourism in the Middle East is being hit by ongoing protests against the United States following the release of an anti-Islamic video. As many as seven people were killed yesterday, as rallies broke out at US embassies in Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon.

Middle East poised for economic recovery

Middle East poised for economic recovery

16th Feb 2012 Tourism News

The Middle East is “on track” for recovery from the global financial crisis despite the concerns around the euro, according to a leading economist. Speaking in Dubai on the current global economy and outlook for the Middle East, Andrew Scott, professor of economics at London Business School, said 2012 will be a year of slow growth but the region is doing well in re-balancing its economies and is beginning to gain momentum.

Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before

Middle East and North African tourism to return stronger than before

16th Nov 2011 Press Release Tourism News

Participants at the UNWTO/Arabian Travel Market (ATM) event on the Future of Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa held at the World Travel Market were unanimous in agreeing that tourism in the region, which has for long lived with uncertainty and a number of external shocks, will return from current challenges stronger than before.