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Travel and Tourism in Kuwait

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Business still dominates arrivals

Kuwait’s leisure tourism industry has remained underdeveloped since the end of the Iraqi invasion, despite a revival in other areas. The country’s recreational facilities are scarce, compared with much regional competition. Therefore, Kuwait has much to do if it wishes to attract leisure travellers. Meanwhile, business continued to drive arrivals to the country’s borders in 2012. Kuwait has a strong and expanding oil and gas industry which attracts businesses from the region and beyond. There are also large numbers of expatriates living and working in the country who take frequent business-related trips to regional countries. In leisure tourism, a significant proportion is attributed to visiting friends and family.

International hotel chains expand

Many hotel chains are targeting Kuwait for developments, and a range of new 5-star outlets and international brands were established during the review period. They include the Golden Tulip, the Hilton Olympia, the InterContinental, Swiss-Belhotel Plaza, Hotel Missoni and the Ibis Sharq. There are more developments expected during the forecast period and these will mainly target business tourists, but will also contribute towards boosting the recreational aspect of Kuwait. Across the GCC, leisure-related activities often revolve around hotels which are key destinations for locals as well as tourists. The more hotels that are available, the more Kuwait’s leisure appeal improves.

Infrastructure development planned

Kuwait is engaged in a long-term national plan for the development and diversification of the economy, which includes a number of elements favourable to the travel and tourism industry. Among these, a new airport terminal is set for completion in 2016, which is likely to almost triple the airport’s capacity, reaching more than 20 million passengers a year. There are also plans for the development of Failaka Island into a leisure destination and Boubyan Island for commercial and tourism purposes. The issue in Kuwait is that all projects have been plagued by delays and disrupted by political problems, and therefore target dates for completion are rarely met.

Saudi Arabia key to travel and tourism

Saudi Arabia’s easy access to Kuwait makes it a key source market for the country’s travel and tourism industry. Saudis are more likely than any other nationalities to visit Kuwait on leisure and for holiday purposes, because they can frequently take short breaks to Kuwait and often find more entertainment than in their home country. Saudis are also major business partners and Saudi Arabia is a preferred destination among Kuwaitis, notably for Hajj and Umrah travel purposes. Visa requirements between the two countries were eliminated to facilitate tourism flows in 2010.

A region in turmoil

Challenges stem from the region’s turmoil and the war in Syria, which have destabilised much of the region and caused concern about the future. On the other hand, this has also benefited many GCC countries including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is also likely to benefit Kuwait as hotel chains have discontinued their plans for expansion in much of the Levant and North Africa, turning towards more stable markets. This situation has also caused a shift in outbound travel, pushing travel agencies to be more creative about the destinations and packages offered.

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The Travel and Tourism in Kuwait market research report includes:

  • Analysis of key supply-side and demand trends
  • Detailed segmentation
  • Historic volumes and values, company and brand market shares
  • Five year forecasts (of market share, market trends, market growth)
  • Robust and transparent market research methodology, conducted in-country

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Table of Contents

Travel and Tourism in Kuwait - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Business still dominates arrivals

International hotel chains expand

Infrastructure development planned

Saudi Arabia key to travel and tourism

A region in turmoil

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS

  • Table 1 Balance of Tourism Payments: Value 2007-2012

SWOT

Weaknesses

Opportunities

Threats

  • Summary 1 Kuwait: SWOT

MARKET DATA

  • Table 2 Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 3 Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth: 2007-2012
  • Table 4 Forecast Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 5 Forecast Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth: 2012-2017
  • Table 6 Departures by Destination: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 7 Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 8 Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 9 Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth: 2007-2012
  • Table 10 Forecast Departures by Destination: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 11 Forecast Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 12 Forecast Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 13 Forecast Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth: 2012-2017
  • Table 14 Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2007-2012
  • Table 15 Forecast Health and Wellness Sales: Value 2012-2017
  • Table 16 Tourist Attractions: Value 2007-2012
  • Table 17 Forecast Tourist Attractions: Value 2012-2017

SOURCES

  • Summary 2 Research Sources

CAR RENTAL

Headlines

Trends

Prospects

Category Data

  • Table 18 Car Rental Sales: Value 2007-2012
  • Table 19 Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
  • Table 20 Forecast Car Rental Sales: Value 2012-2017
  • Table 21 Forecast Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

TOURISM FLOWS INBOUND

Headlines

Trends

Prospects

Category Data

  • Table 22 International Arrivals by City 2007-2012
  • Table 23 Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 24 Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 25 Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips: 2007-2012
  • Table 26 Incoming Tourist Receipts: 2007-2012
  • Table 27 Forecast Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 28 Forecast Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 29 Forecast Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips: 2012-2017
  • Table 30 Forecast Incoming Tourist Receipts: Value and Growth: 2012-2017

TRANSPORTATION

Headlines

Trends

Prospects

Category Data

  • Table 31 Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2007-2012
  • Table 32 Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
  • Table 33 Forecast Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2012-2017
  • Table 34 Forecast Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION

Headlines

Trends

Prospects

Category Data

  • Table 35 Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2007-2012
  • Table 36 Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2007-2012
  • Table 37 Travel Accommodation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
  • Table 38 Forecast Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2012-2017
  • Table 39 Forecast Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2012-2017

TRAVEL RETAIL

Headlines

Trends

Prospects

Category Data

  • Table 40 Travel Retail Sales: Value 2007-2012
  • Table 41 Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2007-2012
  • Table 42 Forecast Travel Retail Sales: Value 2012-2017
  • Table 43 Forecast Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2012-2017

Segmentation

This market research report includes the following:

  • Travel and Tourism
    • Car Rental
      • Car Rental by Category
        • Car Rental by Channel
          • Car Rental Online
            • Car Rental Offline
        • Health and Wellness Tourism
          • Tourism Flows Domestic
            • Domestic Tourism Travel By Purpose Of Visit
              • Domestic Business Tourism
                • Domestic Business Tourism By Air
                • Domestic Business Tourism By Land
                • Domestic Business Tourism By Rail
                • Domestic Business Tourism By Sea
              • Domestic Leisure Tourism
                • Domestic Leisure Tourism By Air
                • Domestic Leisure Tourism By Land
                • Domestic Leisure Tourism By Rail
                • Domestic Leisure Tourism By Sea
          • Tourism Flows Inbound
            • Arrivals
              • Arrivals from Afghanistan
              • Arrivals from Bahrain
              • Arrivals from Bangladesh
              • Arrivals from Canada
              • Arrivals from Egypt
              • Arrivals from India
              • Arrivals from Indonesia
              • Arrivals from Iran
              • Arrivals from Jordan
              • Arrivals from Lebanon
              • Arrivals from Oman
              • Arrivals from Pakistan
              • Arrivals from Philippines
              • Arrivals from Qatar
              • Arrivals from Saudi Arabia
              • Arrivals from Sri Lanka
              • Arrivals from Syria
              • Arrivals from United Arab Emirates
              • Arrivals from United Kingdom
              • Arrivals from USA
              • Other Countries Of Origin
            • Arrivals by Mode of Transport
              • Air Arrivals
                • Land Arrivals
                  • Rail Arrivals
                    • Sea Arrivals
                    • Arrivals by Purpose of Visit
                      • Business Arrivals
                        • Leisure Arrivals
                      • Tourism Flows Outbound
                        • Departures By Country
                          • Departures to Bahrain
                          • Departures to Egypt
                          • Departures to Germany
                          • Departures to Greece
                          • Departures to India
                          • Departures to Iran
                          • Departures to Italy
                          • Departures to Jordan
                          • Departures to Lebanon
                          • Departures to Morocco
                          • Departures to Netherlands
                          • Departures to Oman
                          • Departures to Qatar
                          • Departures to Saudi Arabia
                          • Departures to Syria
                          • Departures to Thailand
                          • Departures to Turkey
                          • Departures to United Arab Emirates
                          • Departures to United Kingdom
                          • Departures to USA
                          • Other Destinations
                        • Departures by Mode of Transport
                          • Air Departures
                            • Land Departures
                              • Rail Departures
                                • Sea Departures
                                • Departures By Purpose Of Visit
                                  • Business Departures
                                    • Leisure Departures
                                  • Tourism Receipts and Expenditure
                                    • Balance Of Payments
                                      • Incoming Tourist Receipts
                                      • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure
                                    • Domestic Tourist Expenditure Calc
                                      • Domestic Tourist Expenditure
                                      • Incoming Tourist Receipts
                                        • Incoming Tourist Receipts by Geography
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Afghanistan
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Bahrain
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Bangladesh
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Canada
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Egypt
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - India
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Indonesia
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Iran
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Jordan
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Lebanon
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Oman
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Pakistan
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Philippines
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Qatar
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Saudi Arabia
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Sri Lanka
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Syria
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - United Arab Emirates
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - United Kingdom
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - USA
                                          • Incoming Tourist Receipts - Other Countries
                                      • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure
                                        • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure by Geography
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Bahrain
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Egypt
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Germany
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Greece
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - India
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Iran
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Italy
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Jordan
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Lebanon
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Morocco
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Netherlands
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Oman
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Qatar
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Saudi Arabia
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Syria
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Thailand
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Turkey
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - United Arab Emirates
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - United Kingdom
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - USA
                                          • Outgoing Tourist Expenditure - Other Countries
                                    • Tourist Attractions
                                      • Tourist Attractions by Category
                                        • Tourist Attractions by Channel
                                          • Tourist Attractions Online
                                            • Tourist Attractions Offline
                                        • Transportation
                                          • Transportation by Category
                                            • Air
                                              • Air by Channel
                                                • Air Online
                                                  • Air Offline
                                              • Other Transportation
                                                • Other Transportation by Channel
                                                  • Other Transportation Online
                                                    • Other Transportation Offline
                                              • Transportation by Channel
                                                • Transportation Online
                                                  • Air Online
                                                  • Other Transportation Online
                                                • Transportation Offline
                                                  • Air Offline
                                                  • Other Transportation Offline
                                            • Travel Accommodation
                                              • Travel Accommodation by Category
                                                • Hotels
                                                  • Hotels by Category
                                                    • Hotels by Channel
                                                      • Hotels Online
                                                        • Hotels Offline
                                                    • Other Travel Accommodation
                                                      • Other Travel Accommodation by Channel
                                                        • Other Travel Accommodation Online
                                                          • Other Travel Accommodation Offline
                                                    • Travel Accommodation by Channel
                                                      • Travel Accommodation Online
                                                        • Travel Accommodation Offline
                                                          • Hotels Offline
                                                          • Other Travel Accommodation Offline
                                                    • Travel Retail
                                                      • Travel Retail Sales by Category
                                                        • Travel Retail Sales by Channel
                                                          • Travel Retail Online Sales
                                                            • Travel Retail Offline Sales
                                                            • Travel Retail Sales by Corporate Business vs Leisure

                                                          Statistics Included

                                                          For each category and subcategory you will receive the following data in Excel format:

                                                          From Passport

                                                          • Market Sizes
                                                          • International arrivals by city
                                                          • Outbound Departures by Length

                                                          Market size details:

                                                          • Retail value retail selling price % growth
                                                          • Retail value retail selling price local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
                                                          • Retail value retail selling price per capita local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
                                                          • Sites/outlets
                                                          • Sites/outlets % growth
                                                          • Sites/outlets per capita
                                                          • Internet transaction value retail selling price % growth
                                                          • Internet transaction value retail selling price local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
                                                          • Internet transaction value retail selling price per capita local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
                                                          • Number of bed nights
                                                          • Number of bed nights % growth
                                                          • Number of bed nights per capita
                                                          • Number of trips
                                                          • Number of trips % growth
                                                          • Number of trips per capita
                                                          • Number of rooms
                                                          • Number of rooms % growth
                                                          • Number of rooms per capita
                                                          • Offline value retail selling price % growth
                                                          • Offline value retail selling price local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
                                                          • Offline value retail selling price per capita local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY

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