In a recently published report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in September 2023, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have emerged as top leaders in international tourism growth during the first seven months of 2023. Oman, while not at the top, has also shown commendable growth, contributing to the global tourism benchmark, Wego reports.
Qatar: A remarkable 95% growth rate
Situated in the Middle East, Qatar has taken the lead in global tourism growth, showcasing an astonishing 95% increase in international tourist arrivals during the first seven months of 2023 when compared to 2019 figures. Qatar’s impressive performance has firmly established itself as a must-visit destination for travelers worldwide, highlighting its dedication to promoting its unique cultural and leisure experiences.
Saudi Arabia: A strong second with a 58% surge
Saudi Arabia closely follows Qatar, securing its position as the world’s second-best-performing tourist destination. The country experienced a significant 58% growth in tourist arrivals during the first seven months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2019. This remarkable growth is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing commitment to enhancing its tourism sector.
Oman: Steady growth at 14%
Oman, another Middle Eastern nation, has exhibited steady growth in its tourism sector, with a 14% increase in international tourist arrivals during the first seven months of 2023 when compared to 2019. This steady growth rate showcases Oman’s dedication to sustainable tourism and highlights its appeal to travelers interested in history, natural beauty, and cultural experiences.
The Middle East’s growing influence in global tourism
The significant growth rates of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Oman underscore the Middle East’s increasing prominence in the global tourism industry. These nations demonstrate the region’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for international travelers. As the global community continues to navigate post-pandemic challenges, the Middle East stands as a symbol of resilience, growth, and potential in the tourism sector.