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A new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) shows that outbound tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six countries of the Arabian peninsula – has grown strongly in recent years, with international tourism expenditure surpassing USD60 billion in 2017.


21 South African tourism entities and companies visited the Middle East to meet with the region’s leading outbound travel professionals and showcased their touristic offerings and promoted the unique attractions and experiences that South Africa has to offer as a leisure, honeymoon, and business travel destination.

Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group and by 2030 (Source: www.pewrsr.ch/1hUQ1qG) will make up an estimated 25 percent of the world’s population.

Gastrodiplomacy in Jordan, plans for Expo 2020 in Dubai, opportunities in Africa and the latest travel trends for the region were all hotly debated topics in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Inspiration Zone on Day Three of WTM London.


Dubai Miracle Garden, one of the world’s largest natural flower garden returned for the seventh season this November 01 with a host of new floral masterpieces, including a reimagined Disney Avenue, Floral Castle, Floating Beds and much more.


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released its annual Cities Report at the WTTC Asia Leaders Forum in Macau, SAR. The Report covers 72 of the world’s most important tourism cities, which together generated over USD625 billion contribution to GDP in 2017 (24,3 percent of global Travel & Tourism GDP).