GCC outbound tourism spending surges to $60bn

GCC outbound tourism spending surges to $60bn

The per-capita international tourism spending from the Gulf visitors was 6.year 5 times higher than the global average last, with expenditure estimated to become more than $60 billion this past year, up from $40 billion this year 2010, said a fresh report from the planet Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC).

The outbound tourism from the fast-growing markets of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE has been growing in the modern times strongly, stated the report.

The report, entitled ‘The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Outbound Travel Market’, which includes been made by ETC and UNWTO with the support of Value Retail, examines the fast-growing GCC outbound market having an additional concentrate on the image of Europe as a tourism destination. 

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

Amongst the main element findings in the report are that outbound travel from GCC countries to European destinations has benefited from the unprecedented growth in flights in the past decade, with Gulf carriers becoming major players in long-haul aviation. 

Air connectivity between Europe and the GCC has seen exponential growth, providing quick access to travel between your two regions, it stated.

The report also remarked that the GCC travellers were young and family-oriented mostly, with large disposable incomes, and searching for high-quality accommodation, food and retail services. 

These familes value Europe’s selection of landscapes and attractions, developed infrastructure and common currency and visa systems, which will make multi-destination travel easier, it added. 

“These nations remain an evergrowing source market for European destinations, that ought to themselves capitalize on the potential of a younger, value-driven, technology-savvy and well-informed GCC traveller,” remarked ETC President Peter de Wilde.

According to the report, Europe sometimes appears by these GCC families as offering diversity in experiences along with opportunities to look for luxury and designer fashion. 

The report remarked that the main element barriers for GCC visitors while booking a vacation to Europe include security and safety concerns, the language barrier and the high cost of holidays.

The report concludes with specific tips about how exactly to position and market Europe to GCC tourists. 

It also finds that destinations should concentrate on promoting specific tourism products and develop pan-European themes to attract tourists seeking to visit multiple destinations.

The launch of the analysis will undoubtedly be supported by way of a webinar providing a synopsis of prospects in the GCC outbound travel market, insights in to the profile and behaviour of GCC travellers, and appropriate targeted marketing messages and approaches for GCC consumers, it added.-TradeArabia News Service Service