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Middle East’s Tourism Growth in Focus at WTM London 2019

With Expo 2020 on the horizon and the Middle East continuing to represent high growth potential for the travel industry, delegates from the region are heading to WTM London 2019, taking place November 04 – 06, looking to achieve an even greater share of the multi-billion-dollar international travel market.

According to research from Colliers International, the UK is predicted to retain its position as one of the top European destinations for GCC nationals to visit – accounting for 890,000 trips by 2023.

Simon Press, senior director, WTM London, said, “While part of this growth can be attributed to the Middle East, and in particular the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s large expatriate populations, residents from the MENA region are no strangers to destinations within the UK, their culture and history, as well as their retail and luxury hospitality offerings.”

Press added that in addition, the relaxation of tourist visa requirements combined with Brexit weakening the British Pound have provided an additional incentive for Middle Eastern tourists.