International tourist arrivals in MENA destinations grew 10% in 2018.
“Tourism is a major economic pillar in some destinations, while the potential growth is still large in others. The region comprises destinations of different sizes and varying degrees of development in terms of infrastructure, connectivity, promotion and brand strength. Oil-exporting based countries are diversifying their economies by integrating tourism in their development strategy, as a means to become less dependent on oil, create more business opportunities and boost investments in infrastructure and transport.”
The Report Tourism in the MENA Region is a working document prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the occasion of the 45th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Middle East, held in Cairo, Egypt, on 24 March 2019. The report was prepared by UNWTO’s Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness Department in cooperation with the Regional Department for the Middle East.
Read the Report here for further data on this sector in the region.