When it comes to UAE tourism, a report finds there’s still a gap
The UAE is widely regarded as the best place in the world for tourism, and it’s a very popular destination for visitors from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
But now, a new report from Travel & Leisure, which tracks the country’s tourism industry, has found that there’s a significant amount of potential for the tourism sector in the country to grow in the coming years.
In fact, Travel & Lisure predicts the UAE will see a 3.5% growth in tourism in 2017, while its domestic tourism industry will see growth of around 7% per annum.
“The UAE’s tourism sector is very young, so the opportunities it is currently facing will be huge in the future,” Travel & lisure’s director, Andrew Ritchie, said in a statement.
“Its the first time we have had a forecast of growth for a single sector, and our estimates are for 3.7% growth for the industry.”
Ritchie noted that there is a strong trend of foreign tourism coming to the UAE, and that the UAE is a major market for Chinese and European companies.
“In the next five years, we expect tourism to account for about 5% of the economy.
That’s a lot of growth,” he said.
“It’s an industry that can be used for a lot more than just tourism, but it’s also a real opportunity for the country as a whole.”
For its part, the Tourism Authority of the United Arab Emirates (TAU) said that it is “disappointed” with the report, and has already been working on ways to fix some of its issues, such as training staff, as part of a series of measures that the agency has been discussing.
“The tourism industry has been in a state of flux for quite some time,” the TAU said in an email to Business Insider.
“We are in the process of developing a new approach and will be releasing a new blueprint in the next couple of weeks.”
However, the TAUB said that the overall outlook for the UAE’s industry is “stable,” as long as people are careful to follow safety precautions, and as long the economy is able to absorb a large amount of visitors.