4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi in 2017

4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi in 2017

A record 4.87 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments during 2017, with the emirate recording an almost 10 percent year-on-year rise.   Figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) for its hospitality sector reveal that the number of guests...

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1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2017

1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2017

Figures released by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism (MoT) show that 1.9 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2017, a ten percent increase compared to 2016. These figures exclude Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian nationalities.   July attracted the highest number of visitors, almost 248,000 tourists, growing by six percent y-o-y. April...

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GCC to welcome 154 million Chinese tourists in 2018

GCC to welcome 154 million Chinese tourists in 2018

Chinese arrivals to the GCC will increase 21 percent to 2021, rising to 2.5 million visitors annually, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25.   Published by Colliers International, the data predicts Saudi Arabia will experience...

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2017 witnessed the highest tourism growth in seven years

2017 witnessed the highest tourism growth in seven years

  International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable seven percent in 2017 to reach a total of 1,322 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is well above the sustained and consistent trend of four percent or higher growth since 2010 and represents the strongest results in...

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2017 had the best tourists shopping figures since 2010 in Lebanon

2017 had the best tourists shopping figures since 2010 in Lebanon

Tourists’ spending in Lebanon increased by 5.47 percent in 2017 comparing to 2016, according to Global Blue’s ‘Globe shopper spending insights in Lebanon 2017’. The growth was led by Saudi tourists who constitute 14 percent of the total tourists’ expenditures. They are followed by Emiratis (12 percent), and Kuwaitis (six...

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Russian visitors to GCC to grow by 38 percent by 2020

Russian visitors to GCC to grow by 38 percent by 2020

The number of Russian tourists traveling to the GCC in 2020 is expected to be 38% percent higher than the arrival figures recorded for 2016, according to data published recently by Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from April 22-25, 2018. Looking at the...

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More tourism dynamism in the KSA

The Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced that over 200,000 visitors enjoyed 42 various tourist activities and functions in the Riyadh region in 2017, while some 40,000 students took part in 33 school trips. Abdul Aziz Al-Hasan, director of SCTH, Riyadh region, said his office issued licenses to 975...

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Dubai among the top five most popular luxury travel destinations of 2017

Dubai among the top five most popular luxury travel destinations of 2017

Paris, the global hub of art, fashion and culture, is the most popular destination for luxury travelers in 2017. A recent survey by luxury travel website, LuxuryHotelsGuides.com has found.   The survey is sourced on data from over three million visitors in 2017.   Dubai is the second most popular luxury travel...

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Lebanon to end 2017 with over 1.9 million tourists

Lebanon to end 2017 with over 1.9 million tourists

“We are expecting to end 2017 with over 1.9 million tourists, excluding expatriates, Syrians, and Palestinians,” said Minister of Tourism in Lebanon, Avedis Guidanian, revealing that this is the second best achieved tourism result the country has witnessed since the fifties.   Lebanon had scored over two million tourists in...

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Reasons to do business in Lebanon

Reasons to do business in Lebanon

Lebanon was the 72nd largest market for U.S. exports in 2016, according to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics.  The Lebanese Customs Authority reported that Lebanon’s total imports in 2016 reached USD 18.705 billion, of which USD 1.184 billion came from the United States. In 2016, the United States ranked as...

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