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Indian Visitors to GCC to Increase 81 Percent by 2024

The number of Indian tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81 percent from 5,4 million in 2018 to 9,8 million in 2024, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10 percent, according to the latest data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020.

As destinations throughout the Middle East prepare to showcase their latest offering at ATM 2020, which is being held at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 19 – 22, 2020, Colliers International predicts more than 20 percent of India’s total outbound market will travel to the GCC by 2024 – with business, place of work and leisure underpinning this demand.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said, “This influx of Indian visitors to the GCC shows no sign of abating, with every reason to believe India will maintain its position as a top source market as the region prepares to welcome an estimated increase of 81 percent by 2024, providing a significant boost to the region’s tourism industry as we look ahead.

In 2018, the UAE welcomed 2,89 million Indian tourists with this figure expected to reach 5,29 million by 2024, increasing at a CAGR of 11 percent, according to ATM’s official research partner, Colliers International.

Adding to this, India retained its top spot on Dubai’s list of source markets for inbound tourism, with almost one million Indian tourists arriving in the emirate during the first half of this year.