Reports Confirm Tourists from the GCC Account for 80% of the Total $50 Billion Spent by Middle East’s Travellers

Abu Dhabi, UAE – In the upcoming year, the Arab sector will focus on boosting tourism in Morocco by stimulating an influx of tourists and travellers from the GCC region and the Middle East to the Northern African country.

To implement the strategy, the Morocco National Tourist Office for the Middle East and Asia, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Nirvana Travel & Tourism launched a workshop in Marrakech, Morocco for delegations comprising of more than 100 travel companies to promote tourism in Morocco within the Arab communities. It was reported that inter-Arab tourism would attract more than 93.3 million tourists by the end of 2023. The regional travel and tourism sector collected a revenue of $191 billion with tourists coming to the Arab region spending a whopping $76 billion.

Abu Dhabi tourism specialist Alaa Khalifa said delegations from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman will participate at the workshop to benefit from the opportunities in Morocco.

He said, “Arab tourists spend approximately $50 Billion a year abroad and GCC region accounts for about 80% of this expenditure. We see low expenditure from the other Arab countries due to a lack of promotion in these countries and ineffective cooperation”.

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