Euromonitor International stated the present tourism recovery after the global financial crisis has been led by China, which has seen 10% growth, with growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) forecast at over 4% in 2010. Pre-recession levels are expected by 2012 (EyeofDubai, 05-May-2010). Euromonitor stated that an emphasis on diversity and a strategy of liberalisation will be key to growing the Middle East's tourism position. Saudi Arabia led the region in terms of attracting inbound visitors in 2009 (+23% year-on-year) with the country expecting to attract 13 million more visitors p/a by 2014, taking numbers to 30 million p/a. Qatar, Libya and Jordan are also making significant headway as emerging destinations, according to Euromonitor, with Lebanon also being boosted by its return to stability. The UAE saw a 2% reduction in visitor numbers in 2009 but is expected to grow by 3% in 2010. Dubai is targeting 10.4 million visitors a year by 2014, up from 8.7 million in 2009, while Abu Dhabi is planning to almost double the number of hotel guests it receives by 2012 to 2.7 million.
Recovery in tourism led by China, Middle East market grows: Euromonitor
6-May-2010 12:17 PM