High-spending Middle Eastern travellers are the target for those taking part in the Arabian Travel Market trade show.
Two and a half thousand exhibitors from more than 60 countries are showing off what they have to offer to the region’s travel and tourism industry keen to attract visitors who spend way above the average.
Gulf states also are working hard to attract visitors.
Khalid Al Zadjali, Events Director with the Oman Tourism Ministry said: “Europe is one of our major markets. The number of tourists, every year, the number of rooms being built every year, infrastructure, it’s all going in the right direction, it’s not booming but it’s developing, so that creates a sustainability for tourism which is a return of investment for the future.”
The United Arab Emirates is enjoying strong tourism growth, with two thirds of visitors going to Dubai; a high proportion of those are from Saudi Arabia, India and Britain.
Issam Kazim, who heads Dubai’s Tourism and Commerce Marketing organisation, told euronews: “Between 2012 and 2013, there was 10.6 percent growth and we broke the 10 million mark for the first time, when we achieved 11 million visitors.”
The Gulf states are looking to attract travellers from Iran, a growing market with 7.7 million Iranians visiting other countries in the year up to March 2013.
David Loiseau, Vice President for sales with the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, told us more visitors are coming from Iran: “In March, we had a 60 percent increase over the same month last year, so yes, we are targeting the Iranian market which will continue to grow.”
The euronews correspondent François Chignac concluded: “After several few years of uncertainty, the tourism market in the Arab world is rising again, with the Iranian market very much in its sights, offering significant opportunities.”
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