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  2. growth in inbound tourism in UK, 39.2 million visits in 2017
  3. Russian Tourism expects 15% rise on international tourism after 2018 World Cup
  4. Thomas Cook closes in-house bed bank, Medhotels
  5. New York’s Plaza Hotel (finally) sold to Qatari?
  6. Turkey’s tourist paradise Antalya welcomes 2 million tourists in June
  7. Top 5 cities in Russia where you can travel during World Cup
  8. 47 million Americans to travel for July Fourth Holiday
  9. Bulgari to open hotel in Paris in 2020
  10. FAUCHON announces “20 hotels in the next ten years”
  11. 10.6 million international tourists visited Mexico in the first quarter
  12. More than 1.2 billion tourists traveled worldwide in 2017
  13. Visitors up by 50.5 percent in Russia for the upcoming FIFA World Cup
  14. Qatar Airways Launches Services To London Gatwick Airport
  15. London dropped out of top corporate travel destinations
  16. Dubai rises as a major tourism destination
  17. Hotel taxation in London can generate $2 million to $4 million revenue
  18. Russia expects half a million foreign visitors for 2018 FIFA World Cup
  19. Google Arts & Culture partners with Ministry of Tourism on ‘Incredible India’ tourism campaign
  20. Maldives to welcome world’s first underwater hotel residence
  21. Marriott expands its Middle East and Africa portfolio with signing of over 5,000 rooms
  22. Turkey to welcome 40 million international tourists with $30 billion revenue in 2018
  23. UAE expected to generate 720,000 travel and tourism industry jobs by 2028
  24. France’s Ritz hotel made world record in luxury furniture auctioning for €7.3 million
  25. Emirates To Debut Its New Fully Enclosed First Class Private Suite For The First Time At ATM
  26. Cyprus tourism revenue reaches €38.4 million in 2018
  27. Philippines’ popular beach destination Boracay Island may reopen
  28. Tourism ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt discussed on cruise tourism
  29. Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa: the first certified Boutique Hotel in Greece
  30. New York welcomed more than 62 million visitors in 2017
  31. After record year Global tourism predicted to slow
  32. Vancouver welcomes 10.3 million visitors
  33. International travel by 5% in 2018, highest in last 20 years
  34. ITB Berlin 2018, world’s largest tourism trade show
  35. “Trip consideration”: the new travel ad product of Facebook
  36. 287 million tourists in China during Lunar New Year holiday
  37. Marriott Mena House, Cairo Historic Palace in Egypt
  38. 120000 Chinese Tourists expected To Visit UAE the upcoming Lunar New Year
  39. Ireland sees red! light up in red to celebrate Chinese New Year
  40. San Diego Initiative To Attract 15 Million Chinese Tourist
  41. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Rings in the Chinese New Year at 8 restaurant
  42. Turkey reshaping historical tourism to increase tourists’ influx
  43. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
  44. Live the Love at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
  45. VisitBritain launches new campaign to boost inbound tourism
  46. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Gift of Travel
  47. Growth and Change: The Shifting Luxury Travel Market
  48. Chicago had a record 55 million visitors in 2017
  49. Google Flights will now inform the delays of airlines
  50. 18.7 percent growth in UK visitors to Maldives
  51. Hilton’s Collection Brands Launch Major Expansion
  52. Japan has new ‘weird hotel’ with robot receptionists
  53. France to give itself greater means for tourism
  54. Surprise for the top 3 most visited countries in 2017
  55. Los Angeles Record 48.3 Million Visitors in 2017
  56. Abu Dhabi More Than 3.5m Room Night Hotel in 2017
  57. ‘Milestone year for Greece’, welcomes 30m visitors
  58. Luxembourg government sanctioned €60 million budget for tourism
  59. Dubai top as 2017 MICE Destination in Middle East
  60. Pamukkale in Turkey provides exclusive wellness
  61. Turkey’s tourism boom might cause hotel shortage in the country
  62. Marrakech attracts a record 2.5 million tourists in 2017
  63. Thailand Tourism Hits Record High In 2017, Welcoming 35 Million Visitor On 29 December
  64. 135 million Chinese tourists will travel in New Year’s holiday
  65. 7.4 million visitors ventured Beverly Hills in 2016
  66. Niagara Falls to welcome over 1.3 million visitors for Festival of Lights
  67. Over 4.5 million travelling on Christmas weekend to be the busiest day of 2017
  68. Qatar Airways Opens Fourth New Gateway Into Thailand
  69. new ‘Connected Room’ concept Hilton launch
  70. GCC Country visitors to UK up 6.6% in 2016
  71. Google updated its free mobile itinerary-planning app Google Trips
  72. Thailand Convention Bureau targets EU markets for events in 2018
  73. Debut for the eTravel Start-up Day at ITB Berlin
  74. Egypt tourism is reviving after discovery of 3500 years ago tombs in Luxor
  75. Disney Cruises plans new events
  76. Jumeirah Beach Hotel To Go Under Extended Renovation In 2018
  77. Hilton opens two beachfront in Cancun
  78. Fosun to make investment in the travel and tourism business
  79. Mice growth that increase in Africa
  80. IBTM World 2017 Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Record Style
  81. Tourist arrivals to Europe grew by 8% during 2017
  82. UK retailers look Overseas for Black Friday spending boost
  83. + 6% in January-April 2017 for the International Tourist Arrivals Worldwide
  84. Louvre Abu Dhabi, ‘universal museum’ to be launched in November 2017
  85. London tops the list of Europe’s cities for international travel
  86. London Most Third Popular touriste Destination

KSA, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain visitors to UK up 6.6% in 2016

The UK welcomed over 350,000 visitors from the UAE; more than 150,000 from KSA; over 100,000 from Kuwait and just under 50,000 from Bahrain, which included nationals as well as expatriate residents.

 

Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “The average spent per trip to the UK by visitors from KSA, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain, per person, ranged from $1,150 to $3,153 in 2016. With a choice of 32 weekly direct flights to the UK, visitors from Saudi Arabia alone spent $485 million in 2016, the highest average spend per visit of any of the UK’s source markets.

“Because GCC currencies are pegged to the US dollar, (Kuwait’s dinar is pegged to a basket of currencies including the US Dollar and the Euro) outbound travellers from the GCC to the UK continue to take advantage of the dollar to sterling exchange rate. In June 2015, the UK pound was worth $1.59, today it is around $1.33, a fall of over 16%.”

The report, which was conducted by ATM’s research partner Colliers International, confirmed London as the most popular destination in the UK, recording almost 3.5 million room nights, compared to 3.9 million for the rest of England, 321,000 in Scotland, 215,000 in Wales, and almost 12,500 in Northern Ireland, in 2016.

Keen to build on this growth, UK exhibitors already signed up for ATM 2018 include: current English Premier League champions Chelsea FC; AC Group, a leading supplier to the travel trade; the five-star family-run The Arch Hotel, in London; top children’s attraction, Kidzania; Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the international botanical research and education institute; national tourist board, VisitBritain; and luxury hotel ,shopping Harrods

“The popularity of destination UK with GCC travellers is echoed by increasing numbers of UK travel professionals attending ATM. Industry professionals from the UK visiting ATM were up 10% in 2017 compared to the previous year and we expect this number to keep rising, with 80% of stand space available to UK exhibitors already sold, five months out from the 2018 event.

“ATM provides the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and attractions, as well as tour operators and travel agents, especially as Middle East travellers will continue to play a key role in the UK’s tourism growth,”

The UK stand will be managed by UK inbound for the first time in 2018 and CEO, Deirdre Wells is eager to capitalise on their presence at the show, allowing UK inbound and its members an opportunity to strengthen existing partnerships and foster new relationships from the GCC and other key regional markets.

She said: “We know that outbound travel from GCC countries alone is expected to grow by over 80% in the next 10 years. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, managing the UK stand at the show is part of our new Global Britain strategy to broaden our international market appeal and will provide a platform to showcase the wealth of tourism attractions in the UK.”

the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was GBP209bn, 10.8% of GDP in 2016, and is forecast to rise by 2.2% in 2017, and to rise by 2.3% pa to GBP268.4bn, 11.4% of GDP in 2027, by which time international tourist arrivals are forecast to reach over 54 million generating expenditure of GBP42bn, an increase of 3.8% pa.

ATM 2018 has adopted Responsible Tourism as its main theme and this will be integrated across all show verticals and activities, including focused seminar sessions.

Celebrating its 25th year, ATM 2018 will build on the success of this year’s edition, with a host of seminar sessions looking back over the last 25 years and how the hospitality industry in the MENA region is expected to shape up over the next 25.

ATM – considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector, welcomed almost 40,000 travel professionals to its 2017 event, including 2,661 exhibiting companies, signing business deals worth more than $2.5 billion over the four-day show.

By Latifa Zenaina

Influencer Marketing

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