Bahrain saw a 20 per cent increase in visitors over the last week as GCC nationals flocked to the kingdom to celebrate Eid, according to official figures.
A total of 240,702 people entered Bahrain during the seven days to Wednesda
A record 530,000 visitors from the GCC came to Britain in 2012 marking a rise of 6 per cent over the 2011 figures, and spent Dh6.5 billion ($1.76 billion), a rise of 33 per cent, said VisitBritain, the national tourism agency.
Travel from the GCC to Thailand is expected to increase by 10 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011 visitor figures, said a top official.
Juthaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for international marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT),
Tourists from the GCC visiting Germany in 2011 marked more than one million overnight stays for the first time, marking a 4 per cent increase over the figure recorded in 2010, said a top official.
As for the recently released figures of th
Dubai has seen a 79 per cent increase in the number of GCC visitors from June 15 to July 2 this year compared to the same period in 2010, according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai.
Senior officials of t
The Australian government has drastically shortened the visa processing time for GCC residents with immediate effect, and applications will be henceforth approved in as little as two days, said an Australian tourism official.
German Tourism officials have expressed their keenness to enhance their country’s attraction to GCC nationals.
The move follows a recent BBC World Service poll that showed the growing appeal of the country to GCC nationals.