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Germany’s diverse mix of cultural, naturistic, and family-focused leisure attractions are proving to be a big hit with GCC tourists, with the European country recording a rise from the region for the first nine months of this year.

Providing expatriate workers, who qualify, with residence visas to stay beyond their working lives and the introductions of a series of other new visa options will be key for tourism and give a boost to attractions, activities and entertainment venues. This will be one of the topics addressed at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2022, which takes place May 8-11.

European travellers are set to become a key source market for the Gulf region, especially Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which will help their post pandemic tourist industry recovery.

The nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of the six Gulf countries, which together constituted about 60 percent of the total Arab region’s GDP in 2020, is projected to return to positive growth this year.

Germany is firmly establishing its position as a leading destination for outdoor tourism, encouraging travellers to consider its nature and outdoor activities following the lift of post pandemic travel measures, with the German National Tourist Board leading the charge in presenting the country’s offering to GCC travellers.

During an interview with aviation industry consultant John Strickland, during ATM Virtual, Joszef Varadi, CEO, Wizz Air, confirmed his ambitions for the low-cost carrier’s impending move to operate out of Abu Dhabi.

Local tourism and domestic travel are expected to lead the UAE and wider GCC’s recovery from COVID-19 as we begin to see the easing of lockdown restrictions, according to the latest research released ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Virtual, a newly-launched three-day event that will take place from June 01-03 of this year.

LEVA Hotels & Resorts has pledged its support to the hospitality industry by continuing expansion across the GCC, Africa and Europe.

Swiss-Belhotel International is all set to open four new hotels in the GCC during the first half of of this year.

GCC tourists to Egypt will spend USD2,36 billion this year, an increase of 11 percent over 2019, with visitors from Saudi Arabia driving this growth, according to new data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 19-22.