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Dubai ranked 'most welcoming city' in the GCC

AMSTERDAM, 22 days ago

Dubai's perseverance to be the top destination choice for travellers has helped earn a spot in the ranking of the world's most welcoming cities, taking the 21st position in the global list and the top position in the GCC.

A research conducted by online travel company TravelBird (https://fr.travelbird.be/) ranked cities based upon variables across seven categories — Expert opinion, port of entry, safety, happiness, English proficiency, openess to host tourists at home and tourism carrying capacity by city and residents.

According to the study, Dubai was ranked 21 with Abu Dhabi coming in close at #22, followed by Doha (30), Manama (36), Kuwait City (40) and Muscat (50) closing the GCC list.

Singapore was ranked the most welcoming city in the world.

On October 31, the United Nations celebrates World Cities Day. To mark the occasion, and support this year's theme of 'Innovative Governance, Open Cities', TravelBird has released a study examining the impact of over-tourism on international cities and their residents.

Tourism employs more people than any other industry in the world, playing a pivotal part in almost every city’s economy. However, as highlighted this summer by the media, over-tourism is dampening the spirits of local communities and affecting visitor experiences.

If a city is over its tourism carrying capacity, then issues such as overcrowding, lengthy queues and rising living costs occur, which all negatively impact local residents and therefore affect how welcoming they are to tourists.

The study aims to take notice of those cities that are making impressive efforts to welcome tourists responsibly, and secondly to open the dialogue about over-tourism and its impact on residents and their surrounding communities.

“As a stakeholder in the future of travel, TravelBird has a responsibility to confront the growing problem of over-tourism,” said TravelBird CEO Steven Klooster. “We devised this study as the first step towards a more sustainable future. It’s a call-to-action to ourselves and to fellow tour operators, to residents and local governments in those places that are worst affected by over-tourism, to work together to find solutions to this problem. We believe tourism can have a positive impact on local destinations; with a clear understanding of the issues at hand, innovative thinking and commonsense legislation, we can preserve and protect them for the future.” - TradeArabia News Service




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