Indian tourists travelling to the Gulf region is certain to extend, if the current development is any indication. According to the newest statistics launched forward of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, the variety of Indian tourists to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is anticipated to surge 81 per cent to 9.eight million in 2024 from 5.four million in 2018.
It isn’t far to hunt the causes for the rising desire of Indian tourists in numerous Gulf locations. Indians are more and more attracted by mega malls, theme parks, resorts, mega-events and attractive resorts in the Gulf states. Also, a few of the GCC states have eased visa rules for Indians in an obvious transfer to draw overseas tourists and thereby diversify their economies away from oil.
Leisure Attractions, Relaxed Visa Regulations
“Driving this growth is a new generation of leisure attractions in the GCC, relaxed visa regulations for Indian nationals, additional airline routes, increasing business opportunities, a renewed focus on Indian weddings and the MICE segment as well as the increasing popularity of adventure and eco-tourism in countries including the UAE and Oman,” stated Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME at ATM.
“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 per cent by 2024, providing a significant boost to the region’s tourism industry as we look ahead.”
The United Nation’s specialised company for tourism, UNWTO, estimated that the variety of outbound Indian tourists to surge 92 per cent to achieve 50 million by 2022, from 26.1 million final 12 months. Further, Indian tourists are amongst the world’s highest spenders whereas travelling overseas, with outbound journey and tourism expenditure to extend to $39.three billion by 2024, from $21.four billion in 2018.
The Gulf states, particularly the UAE, Oman and Bahrain, are all competing one another by means of advertising campaigns and roadshows in numerous Indian metropolitan cities to seize a better share of tourists from the nation.
Indians visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) alone touched a million in the first half of 2019, after crossing 2.eight million in 2018, in response to the newest official statistics. India additionally retained its prime place on UAE’s checklist of supply markets for inbound tourism.