In a promising development for the global tourism industry, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have emerged as standout performers in international tourism, ranking among the top 10 destinations worldwide that witnessed substantial growth in international visitors in 2023 compared to pre-pandemic levels, according to the ForwardKeys report.
This comes as a much-needed boost to the tourism sector, which has been battling the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
UAE is one of world’s top travel destination
The United Arab Emirates secures its place as the eighth top global performer in international tourism arrivals for 2023.
With just a 7% gap to pre-COVID levels, the UAE’s tourism sector demonstrates resilience and appeal.
The influx of tourists from the United States and Russia has played a pivotal role in this resurgence. The UAE’s strong air connectivity has been a driving force behind attracting travellers, particularly from China. This robust connection to various destinations worldwide has made it easier for international tourists to explore the wonders of the UAE.
The country’s ability to offer diverse experiences, from the futuristic cityscapes of Dubai to the cultural richness of Abu Dhabi, has solidified its reputation as a top choice for tourists.
Saudi Arabia’s secures fifth spot in international arrival rankings
Saudi Arabia, taking the fifth spot in the global ranking of international arrivals for 2023, has successfully returned to pre-COVID levels for inbound visitors.
Several factors have contributed to this impressive recovery. The annual Hajj pilgrimage has played a pivotal role, attracting devout Muslims from around the world.
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia’s robust marketing efforts to position itself as a top-tier tourism destination, coupled with initiatives aimed at diversifying its economy, have significantly boosted the influx of international tourists.
The Global Travel Trends report by ForwardKeys highlights this remarkable achievement, underscoring the kingdom’s renaissance as a must-visit destination.
Egypt’s return to global tourism spotlight
While Saudi Arabia and the UAE take the spotlight, Egypt also deserves recognition for its resurgence as a top-tier global tourism destination.
Ranking 10th in international arrivals for 2023, Egypt has successfully revived its status as a historical and cultural treasure trove.
International arrivals may be estimated at 10% below pre-pandemic levels, but this dip is a result of the return of Russian travellers to the country and the resurgence of Egypt as a coveted historical destination.
With its iconic landmarks, ancient history, and breathtaking landscapes, Egypt continues to captivate the hearts of tourists from across the globe.