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The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81 percent from 1.6 million this year to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – 1 May 01, 2019.

European outbound travel grew by five percent during the first eight months of the year, and the outlook for 2019 is also positive. Further growth can be expected according to the World Travel Monitor conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.

A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD60 billion in 2017.


21 South African tourism entities and companies visited the Middle East to meet with the region’s leading outbound travel professionals and showcased their touristic offerings and promoted the unique attractions and experiences that South Africa has to offer as a leisure, honeymoon, and business travel destination.

Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group and by 2030 (Source: www.pewrsr.ch/1hUQ1qG) will make up an estimated 25 percent of the world’s population.

Gastrodiplomacy in Jordan, plans for Expo 2020 in Dubai, opportunities in Africa and the latest travel trends for the region were all hotly debated topics in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Inspiration Zone on Day Three of WTM London.

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