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The GCC must deliver unique and tech-enabled experiences designed for free independent travellers (FITs) if it is to grow its market share among China’s outbound tourists, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.

Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 29 percent over the period 2018 to 2023, driven by new and direct flight routes, a growing number of millennial and middle-class travellers and competitive air fares, according to the latest data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 01.
According to ATM’s research partner, Colliers International, as many as 8,3 million EU residents will travel to the GCC in 2023, an additional 1,9 million travellers when compared to 2018 arrival figures.

The number of Indian visitors travelling to the GCC over the coming five years will create an extra 10.8 million room nights, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – 1 May 01, 2019.

AVIAREPS has been appointed as market representative for the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) for Cyprus and for the Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

WorldHotels, a global sales, marketing and distribution company with 350 independent upscale hotels in 50 countries, is strengthening its presence in the GCC.

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN TERMS OF TOURISM, THE CULTURE AND LEISURE SECTORS ARE STILL THE MOST POPULAR REASONS WHY TOURISTS CHOOSE EGYPT AS A DESTINATION.

Alpha Destination Management, a Dubai-based GCC destination management company active throughout the GCC, anticipates a 14 percent increase in revenue this year. The figure was revealed during a presentation of Alpha’s latest developments and expansion plans during ATM.

Three UAE companies; Etihad Airways, Miral Asset Management, and Aldar Properties, have joined forces to introduce a range of getaway packages to bring visitors from the GCC to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

BILAL KHAN, PRODUCT ANALYTICS MANAGER, HOLIDAYME.COM, SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON SAUDI ARABIA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY, ALSO PROVIDING ANALYSIS OF THE COUNTRY’S MAIN CHALLENGES.

WHILE EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO MAKE KUWAIT STAND OUT AS A LEISURE DESTINATION, NOT JUST A BUSINESS HUB, DIDIER JARDIN, GENERAL MANAGER, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL THE COUNTRY AT BURJ ALSHAYA, EXPLAINS WHY THE COUNTRY BOASTS AN AUTHENTIC CULTURE.