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Chinese Visitors to GCC will increase 54 Percent by 2023

The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 54 percent from 1,4 million in 2018 to 2,2 million in 2023, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4,8 percent, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020.

As destinations from across the globe prepare to showcase their latest offering at ATM 2020, which is being held at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 29 - 22, Colliers International predicts China will maintain its position as a top source market across the GCC, particularly in the UAE, where Chinese visitors are currently the second and fourth highest ranked source markets for Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively.

Adding to this, the data predicts the UAE will continue to be the preferred GCC destination for Chinese tourists, welcoming a projected 1,9 million visitors by 2023. Saudi Arabia will follow with one million visitors, while Oman will welcome 76,900, Bahrain 26,300 and Kuwait 2,800.

Chinese tourists are the world’s highest spenders while travelling abroad, with total outbound travel and tourism expenditure reaching USD277 billion in 2018, according to the Colliers data.