GCC Outbound Travel and Tourism Market

GCC Outbound Travel and Tourism Market Segmentation by Duration (Less than 7 Days, 7-30 Days, 1-6 Months, and More than 6 Months); by Tourism Type (Leisure, Religious, Cultural Tourism, Medical Tourism, Sports & Adventure, MICE, and Others); by Age Group; and by Spent Type – Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2019-2028

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Inflation and Looming Recession to Haunt Businesses:

In 2022 & 2023, market players expected to sail in rough waters; might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain. Further, U.S. economy is expected to grow merely by 3% in 2022. Purchasing power in the country is expected to fell nearly by 2.5%.
On the other hand, European countries to see the worst coming in the form of energy crisis especially in upcoming winters!! Right after COVID-19, inflation has started gripping the economies across the globe. Higher than anticipated inflation, especially in western world had raised concerns for national banks and financial institutions to control the economic loss and safeguard the interest of the businesses. Increased interest rates, strong USD inflated oil prices, looming prices for gas and energy resources due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, China economic slowdown (~4% in 2022) disrupting the production and global supply chain and other factors would impact each industry negatively.


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GCC Outbound Travel and Tourism Market Highlights Over 2019 - 2028

The GCC outbound travel and tourism market is estimated to grow with a significant CAGR over the forecast period, i.e., 2021 – 2028. The market in Saudi Arabia is estimated to garner USD 27,030.19 million revenue by 2028, by growing at a CAGR of 18.21% over the forecast period.  The outbound travel and tourism market in UAE is evaluated to garner a robust revenue of USD 30,484.37 million by 2028, up from USD 19,448.49 million in 2019, by growing at a CAGR of 18.73% during the forecast period. On the other hand, the Qatar outbound travel and tourism market is projected to grow by 18.66% CAGR over the forecast period and gain USD 13,212.47 million by 2028. The market revenue was valued at USD 8301.32 in 2019. Further, the market in Kuwait is anticipated to generate a substantial revenue of USD 17,392.50 million by 2028, by growing at a CAGR of 18.40% over the forecast period, up from USD 12,345.20 million in 2019.

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The growth of the market in these countries can be attributed to the growing economies of the nations, along with the rising disposable income of the population, which is leading to a direct increase in leisure activities including international travel. With growing disposable income, the average expenditure of travelers from these countries on tourism is also increasing, which is estimated to boost the market growth. According to the statistics by the World Bank, the GDP per capita (in current US$) in Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia in the year 2019 was USD 62,088.062, USD 43,103.323, USD 32,000.448, and USD 23,139.799 respectively. This was an increase by USD 57,163.076, USD 38,141.847, USD 27,653.067, and USD 19879.298 respectively in the year 2016. 

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Moreover, decreased cost of international airfare, availability of affordable travel packages, and increasing number of direct flights to many destinations, along with the increasing trade and business relation between UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the world, is estimated to boost the market growth.


GCC Outbound Travel and Tourism Market Regional Synopsis

Regionally, the Saudi Arabia outbound travel and tourism market is segmented into five major regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa. The Saudi Arabia outbound travel and tourism to Europe segment which was valued at USD 7,361.7 million in 2019, is estimated to garner the largest revenue of USD 13,161 million by 2028, on the back of increasing leisure travel to colder European countries. Saudi Arabia experiences extremely warm temperature in the summer, which is why, travelers prefer to travel to European countries. On the other hand, the Asia Pacific segment is estimated to grow with the highest CAGR of 18.27% during the forecast period.

The UAE, Qatar and Kuwait outbound travel and tourism markets are segmented on the basis of regions into Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, India, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, and rest of the World. Out of these, in UAE, the Saudi Arabia segment is estimated to record the largest revenue of USD 11,410.3 million in 2028, up from USD 7606.3 million in 2019 owing to the increasing business travels amongst the countries. Moreover, in Qatar, the Saudi Arabia segment is projected to garner the largest revenue of USD 5542.6 million, by growing at the highest CAGR of 19.01% during the forecast period owing to the growing per capita income in Qatar, which is expected to promote leisure and religious travels from Qatar to Saudi Arabia. Similarly, in Kuwait, the Saudi Arabia segment is forecasted to grow at the highest CAGR of 19.02% over the forecast period and gain the largest revenue of USD 7252.7 million by 2028. The increasing millennial population, and changing lifestyle, along with escalating religious travel is anticipated to boost the market growth.


Growth Drivers and Challenges Impacting the Growth of the GCC Outbound Travel and Tourism Market


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Growth Drivers

  • Increasing Disposable Income of the Citizens
  • Increasing Number of Direct Flights
  • Rise in Business Trips backed by Improving International Relations

Challenges

  • Cultural Differences from the Rest of the World
  • COVID-19 Restrictions and Risks


GCC Outbound Travel and Tourism Market Segmentation Synopsis

The GCC outbound travel and tourism market is segmented by duration, tourism type, age group, booking method, and spent type. Based on duration, the market is segmented into less than 7 days, 7-30 days, 1 – 6 months, and more than 6 months. The 7-30 days segment in all the four countries is expected to occupy a notable share by the end of 2028. In Saudi Arabia, the market segment is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 14,387.6 million in 2028, as this is the most preferred time period for most travelers. In UAE, the segment is predicted to gather a revenue of USD 18,174.8 million by 2028, up from USD 12,063.9 million in 2019, owing to the growing number of leisure travel from UAE to different parts of the world. In Qatar, the same segment is expected to acquire revenue of USD 7835 million by 2028 owing to the increase in MICE travels to developed nations. Similarly, the segment in Kuwait’s market is projected to garner a revenue of USD 10,748.6 million in 2028, by growing at a CAGR of 19.04% over the forecast period, owing to the high religious tourism related travel in the region.

On the basis of tourism type, the GCC outbound travel and tourism market is segmented into leisure, religious, cultural tourism, medical tourism, sports & adventure, MICE, and others, out of which, in Saudi Arabia, the leisure segment is anticipated to garner the largest market share over the forecast period. The segment is anticipated to occupy a revenue of USD 10,808.9 million by 2028, experiencing massive increase from USD 6043.3 million in 2019. The segment is expected to grow on the back of increasing disposable income and changing lifestyle of the country’s majority population. In UAE, the cultural tourism segment is anticipated to grow at the highest CAGR, i.e., 20.83% during the forecast period. Improving international relations with other gulf countries, and the rest of the world, along with surging penetration of social media are foreseen to drive the segment growth in this region. Similarly, the religious segment in Qatar’s market is projected to witness highest growth at a CAGR of 19.01% during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the majority of religious Muslim population, and government initiatives to promote religious travels, such as, Haj. In Kuwait, the leisure segment is anticipated to garner maximum revenue over the forecast period, with a total revenue amounting to USD 11,409.5 million in 2028, owing to the changing lifestyle, growing millennial population, and economic development of the region.

On the basis of age group, the generation X segment is expected to grab major market share in all the countries. In Saudi Arabia, the segment is estimated to dominate the market in terms of revenue, by gaining USD 11,142.5 million by 2028. This can be attributed to the high earning potential of this generation, along with change in lifestyle preferences. In UAE, the segment is anticipated to gain a revenue of USD 18190 million by 2028. Moreover, the millennials segment is expected to witness highest growth at a CAGR of 20.46% over the forecast period. People under this age group generally travel with their family, for education purposes and leisure, which is estimated to boost the segment growth. The same segment in Qatar’s market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 19.25% throughout the forecast period and attain the highest revenue of USD 6989.4 million by 2028, as generation X is the working population, which makes it the most travelled age group among all. In Kuwait, the segment is estimated to garner USD 9774.6 million in 2028, up from USD 6622.2 million in 2019, by growing at a CAGR of 19.01% during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the majority of population aged below 30 years, who are the major income source of the country.

By booking methods, the online segment of Saudi Arabia’s market is anticipated to witness highest growth rate of 18.40% over the forecast period owing to the growing social media penetration among the young population. In UAE, the offline segment is estimated to garner the largest revenue in the UAE outbound travel and tourism market, gaining a revenue of USD 25,838.6 million by 2028. In 2019, the revenue was valued at USD 16,811.3 million. This growth can be attributed to the various booking methods available in offline booking, along with the facility to make last moment bookings. Similarly, in Qatar, the offline segment is estimated to garner a revenue of USD 11,296.7 million by 2028, up from USD 7306.7 million in 2019. The travel agency outlet sub-segment, under the offline segment, is further estimated to grow with the highest CAGR of 18.74% and garner the largest revenue, which can be attributed to the benefits of offline booking, such as, last minute reservations, travel insurance and exciting coupons. Moreover, in Kuwait, the online segment is estimated to witness the highest growth, by growing at 20% CAGR during the forecast period on the back of increasing number of smartphone users, rising number of online websites and apps to plan and execute international travel. On the other hand, the offline segment is estimated to gain the largest revenue share of USD 14,679.3 million by the end of 2028.

The market is segmented by spent type into air tickets, hotel, insurance, and others, out of which, in Saudi Arabia, the air tickets segment is anticipated to hold a significant share of USD 4947.1 million by 2028. Highest share of international flights in the region, along with presence of large number of market players are estimated to drive the segment growth. On the other hand, the hotel segment is estimated to witness the highest growth, at a CAGR of 18.30% during the forecast period. In UAE, the air tickets segment is projected to garner a revenue of USD 6642.5 million by 2028, up from USD 3920.8 million in 2019, on account of increasing number of trips, for various purposes. The same segment in Qatar’s market holds the largest market share, and is expected to continue leading the segment share in terms of revenue, by gaining USD 5958.8 million by 2028, up from USD 3786.6 million in 2019. This can be attributed to the high flight fare, as the money spent on flight tickets covers the maximum share of any travelers' budget. Moreover, people prefer indirect flight, as it costs lesser, which is estimated to further boost the segment growth. In Kuwait, this segment is projected to hold the largest revenue share, by gaining USD 7322.2 million in 2028, owing to the high number of direct and indirect flights in the region.


Key Companies Dominating the Market

The major key players functioning in the GCC outbound travel and tourism market, include, major airlines operating in these countries, along with significant hotel chains, food outlets, and travel insurance companies. However, the market has taken a massive hit post- COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, consumer demand patterns are anticipated to shift, and the supply chains will be re-routed. Major companies are adopting extreme safety measures, such as, strict social distancing, use of PPE kits, mandatory RT-PCR test, and thermal screening to ensure healthy and safe travel for all the tourists. Moreover, the companies are using attractive strategies, such as discounts, and sale offers to draw customers.

Our report has covered detailed company profiling comprising company overview, business strategies, key product offerings, financial performance, key performance indicators, risk analysis, recent developments, regional presence, and SWOT analysis among other notable indicators for competitive positioning.

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

1) What are the major factors driving the growth of the GCC outbound travel and tourism market?

Ans: Increasing trend of travelling, high disposable income, and rising number of direct flights are the major growth drivers for the market.

2) What would be the CAGR of GCC outbound travel and tourism market over the forecast period?

Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a significant CAGR over the forecast period, i.e., 2021-2028.

3) What are the challenges affecting the GCC outbound travel and tourism market growth?

Ans: Post COVID-19 restrictions on travel and fear in the mind of people are estimated to hamper the market growth.

5) Who are the major players dominating the GCC outbound travel and tourism market?

Ans: The major players in the market include various leading airlines, hotel chains, and other hospitality services operating in the gulf region.

6) How are the company profiles selected?

Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

7) What are the segments in the GCC outbound travel and tourism market?

Ans: The market is segmented by duration, tourism type, age group, booking method, spent type, and by region.

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