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Middle East tourist arrivals hit 58m

The Middle East region recorded a total of 58 million international tourist arrivals in 2017, an increase of 5 per cent compared to figures in 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arri

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Jeddah receives 5m visitors in 2017

Visitor numbers to Saudi Arabia have been rapidly increasing, with about 5 million inbound travellers visiting Jeddah in 2017, said a report. Tourist arrivals in the kingdom is projected to increase further with numbers expected to incr

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Saudi Arabia 'to grant tourist visas to nationals of 65 countries'

Saudi Arabia plans to issue tourist visas for travellers from 65 countries as part of a new programme, a report said quoting a senior official. The initiative, which will help steer the kingdom's economy away from its oil depe

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Indian millennial tourists opting for more 'short breaks'

Short, frequent travel is becoming increasingly popular among Indian travellers, especially millennials, who, according to a recent survey, said they would travel for just seven days or less, at a time, but they would however, travel more often.

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Gulf Air launches Bahrain tourist visa service

Flag carrier Gulf Air, in partnership with VFS Global, has launched an online Bahrain Tourist Visa Service available exclusively for the airline’s passengers flying across its global network to Bahrain. Travellers with retur

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Saudi Arabia 'ready to welcome tourists'

Saudi Arabia is ready to welcome its first tourists as the government has sanctioned a Jeddah travel agency in category D to issue visas for tourists and for educational or medical treatment purposes inside and outside the kingdom, a report said

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Bahrain tourist arrivals jump 12.8pc

Bahrain received a total of 8.7 million tourists during the first three quarters of 2017, up 12.8 per cent on the same period the previous year, according to official data.    The figures, reported by the Ba

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RAK’s hospitality generates positive visitor, occupancy growth

Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism sector has continued to buck the negative trends experienced across much of the Middle East region, posting growth in both tourist arrivals and year-to-date occupancy rates in the nine months to September, accordin

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International tourism on track for a record year

Demand for international tourism remained strong during the Northern Hemisphere summer peak season as international tourist arrivals in July and August totalled over 300 million for the first time according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Baro

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Saudi Arabia 'plans to issue tourist visas'

Tourists may soon be welcomed in Saudi Arabia as the government plans to begin issuing tourist visas for the country, a report said. The decision comes as Saudi Arabia hopes to receive 1.5 million tourists a year by 2020.

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