383,800 Nordic cit­i­zens to travel to GCC in 2024; 16,500 to Oman

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Nordic tourists trav­el­ling to the GCC from Den­mark, Nor­way, Swe­den, Fin­land and Ice­land, are ex­pected to gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated US$810mn in travel and tourism rev­enue by 2024.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Col­liers In­ter­na­tional re­search, com­mis­sioned by Reed Travel Ex­hi­bi­tions, the or­gan­iser of Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Cen­tre from April 19-22, ap­prox­i­mately 383,800 Nordic cit­i­zens will travel to the GCC in 2024, with Swedish tourists lead­ing the num­ber of ar­rivals, to­talling 191,900. Vis­i­tors from Den­mark will fol­low with 76,700 ar­rivals, closely fol­lowed by Nor­way, Fin­land and Ice­land with 62,800, 47,200 and 5,200 ar­rivals, re­spec­tively.

Danielle Cur­tis, ex­hi­bi­tion di­rec­tor ME, Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket, said, “The UAE will con­tinue to be the pre­ferred GCC des­ti­na­tion for Nordic tourists, wel­com­ing a pro­jected 342,200 tourists by 2024. Saudi Ara­bia and Oman will fol­low with 17,300 and 16,500 re­spec­tively, while Bahrain will wel­come 7,000 and Kuwait 800.”

As far as tourism spend is con­cerned, the UAE again will wit­ness the high­est growth, with to­tal tourism spend by Nordic vis­i­tors pro­jected to reach US$718mn by 2024, an in­crease of 36 per cent when com­pared with fig­ures from 2018 and tourism spend per trip to reach US$2,088.

Build­ing on this, Saudi Ara­bia is ex­pected to wit­ness the sec­ond largest in­crease fol­lowed by Bahrain, with to­tal Nordic tourism spend es­ti­mated to reach US$86,670,000 and US$53,000,000 re­spec­tively, by 2024.

Cur­tis said, “The Nordic coun­tries’ out­bound tourism mar­ket has ex­pe­ri­enced in­cre­men­tal growth over the last five years, with 50.5mn over­seas vis­its made by res­i­dents dur­ing 2018 alone.

“And, with Nordic cit­i­zens en­joy­ing one of the high­est av­er­age in­comes in the world and be­ing amongst the world’s high­est spenders while trav­el­ling abroad, the GCC is look­ing to cap­i­talise on their spend­ing power over the next five years.

“Adding to this, ATM is wit­ness­ing this growth first-hand with the num­ber of del­e­gates, ex­hibitors and at­ten­dees in­ter­ested in do­ing busi­ness with these coun­tries in­creas­ing by 35 per cent be­tween 2018 and 2019.”

Look­ing at Nordic out­bound tourism fig­ures, ar­rivals from Den­mark, Nor­way, Swe­den, Fin­land and Ice­land to the GCC will in­crease 23 per cent over the pe­riod 2018 to 2024, driven by an in­creas­ing num­ber of new and di­rect flight routes, re­laxed visa re­quire­ments and the vast num­ber of unique travel ex­pe­ri­ences that the re­gion has to of­fer.

The travel is ex­pected to gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated US$810mn by 2024

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