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Thu 12 Apr 2018 09:17 AM

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Video: Why European travellers to the Gulf region will increase by 17%

Arrivals from Europe to the GCC will increase 17 percent over the period 2018-2020, driven by extra flights, routes, competitive fares, and the rising number of mid-market hotels throughout the region, according to a new report.

Data published by Colliers International ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25 showed as many as 24.6 million EU residents will travel to the GCC between now and 2020, an additional four million travellers when compared to figures for 2015–2017.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia continue to be the preferred GCC destinations for European visitors, together they are on track to welcome 81 percent of the projected business and leisure travellers.

The UAE is expected to receive 14.5 million, Saudi Arabia 5.4 million, Oman 2.21 million, Bahrain 1.72 million and Kuwait 738,000, by 2020.

Shayan Shakheel and Jeremy Lawrence discuss.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)