Travel, tourism global contribution to hit record $11.1tn in 2024: WTTC

Travel, tourism global contribution to hit record $11.1tn in 2024: WTTC

In 2023, the travel and tourism sector accounted for 9.1 per cent share of the global GDP with a workforce of nearly 330 million

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Eid al Fitr holiday travel: Visa-free destinations for UAE residents

At the onset of 2024, Skyscanner witnessed record travel demand, outperforming the global flights market and emerging as the fastest-growing metasearch platform in 2023

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Visa-free travel to Schengen countries soon? GCC-EU talks see progress

Representatives of the GCC and EU meet in Belgium to discuss the visa-waiver programme

UAE residents now eligible for Morocco eVisa: How to apply

The change in application channels comes with reduced processing times as well

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Eid al Fitr holiday: International travel destinations grow in popularity

Outbound travel numbers had gone up substantially this year with international travel packages making up 60 per cent of all bookings

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Top 5 must-visit destinations in Poland: Uncover the hidden gems of Eastern Europe

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or seeking a cozy winter retreat, Poland is a destination that promises unforgettable memories

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Italian Trade Commissioner on why the UAE loves ‘Made in Italy’

Highlighting the positive trends in the market, Soldani underscores the opportunities for trade and cooperation between the two countries

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Top travel trends for 2024: Study unpacks UAE traveller habits

From choosing sustainable travel options to making up to two outbound trips in 2024 are some of the trends being followed by UAE travelers

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Hajj 2024: Registrations open for Saudi citizens, residents

Those wishing to perform Hajj from the kingdom can register via the ministry’s website or through the ‘Nusuk’ application

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GCC travel and tourism: On a steady path to growth

Chris Ross, chief commercial officer, EMEA Collinson, gives us insights into how the travel industry is contributing to the region’s economy and key travel trends

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Power Letters 2024: Muzzammil Ahussain, CEO of Almosafer

A surge in visitor numbers is on the cards both in Saudi Arabia and the wider region when the announced unified GCC tourist visa begins to be implemented

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UAE passport ranking rises to 11th place; these countries topped the 2024 list

The UAE remains the biggest climber on the Henley Passport Index over the past decade, adding an impressive 106 destinations to its visa-free score since 2014

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UAE, Kosovo approve visa-free entry for citizens

UAE citizens holding valid passports for at least six months are exempt from the visa requirement for entry into Kosovo and can stay there for up to 90 days per visit

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Saudi’s new ‘passengers with no bags’ service — what you need to know

The ‘Passengers with No Bags’ service has been launched across domestic and international Saudi airports, enabling travellers to ship their luggage ahead from home to any destination

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Here are top 5 travel trends in the Middle East for 2024

Priority Pass operator Collinson shares that from backpacking to wellness retreats, the rise in holidays that enable travellers to get back to basics is undeniable

Riyadh Season

Riyadh Season attracts 2 million visitors in opening weeks

The Saudi Tourism authorities hope to match visitor numbers to previous years which saw between 12 to 15 million tourists visit the annual festival

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Travellers put off holiday trips to Middle East as Israel crisis rages

Leisure travel demand to the region was hit after the Israel crisis broke out on October 7

Digital nomad visas: Close to 50% of all global destinations offer DNVs

Digital nomad visas: Close to 50% of all global destinations offer DNVs, says UNWTO

A digital nomad visa allows individuals to live and work overseas while maintaining employment or conducting freelance work in their home or another country

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UAE investor among top shareholders in British holiday group Saga

Saga is betting on resilient demand from wealthy Britons who are less impacted by the cost-of-living crisis

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Air Arabia launches direct flights between Sharjah and Giza City

Sphinx International Airport marks Air Arabia’s fourth destination in Egypt from Sharjah

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Dubai Municipality announces opening of desert camping season: What you need to know

As winter approaches, family-friendly campsites will soon open for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a unique desert experience

RED SEA-GUESTS

Red Sea destination welcomes its first guests, launches Saudi’s first sea plane company

A delegation of Saudi ministers and leaders were the first guests of the destination

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Oman backs unified GCC tourist visa: Ministers set Dec deadline

The meeting saw ministers of the Gulf countries agree to submit their views on a proposed unified GCC tourist visa for the six member states

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UAE announces Hajj 2024 registration dates

The annual pilgrimage to the holiest city in Islam takes place during the Islamic calendar month of Dhu Al Hijja which is expected to fall in June next year

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One visa for six countries: UAE’s plan for GCC travel

The proposed system would enable UAE residents to travel within the GCC region under a single visa, providing a boost to the tourism sector

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Canada updates travel advisory for India over ‘negative sentiments’

The country’s global affairs department updated its travel advisory after relations between the two countries worsened in recent days

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India-Canada diplomatic row: Travel warnings followed by visa suspension

The diplomatic rift comes in the backdrop of tensions concerning the actions of some members of the Sikh diaspora in Canada

Sachin Gadoya of Musafir talks about the future of business travel

Insight: Embracing the future of business travel

We explore key trends that are reshaping the landscape of business travel

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Morocco earthquake: Is it safe to travel to Marrakech?

In the aftermath of the earthquake, while Marrakech airport continues to function normally, it has seen long queues of tourists wanting to fly out of the city

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UAE-Armenia visa-free travel for multiple nationalities: Check full list

Armenia’s close proximity and lack of extensive visa requirements make it a popular holiday destination for those residing in the UAE