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Impact of Middle East Turmoil on Travel and Tourism

September 2011

Following the economic downturn which affected almost all markets in the Middle East, 2011 also brought a "double dip" to the region's tourism industry. The "Arab Spring" saw several markets, such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and Syria, suffer greatly from the impact of revolutions and a prevalent lack of safety or security. Meanwhile, some of the safer markets, like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, seem to have taken advantage and managed to lure tourists back.

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Key findings

Middle East Economic Development

Economic SWOT
GDP growth picks up in 2010, before slowing down again
The Arab Spring puts pressure on GDP growth
Winners and losers emerge
"Losers": the most affected markets
"Winners": resilient markets benefiting from the crisis
Key source markets for tourism

Tourism Performance

Despite current threats, opportunities remain
Double dip in tourism arrivals to the Middle East
Core markets' uneven growth prospects
Abu Dhabi and Dubai remain the most promising markets
National strategies of key destinations in the region
Business is back, but for how long?
Some key outbound markets remain unaffected
Tunisia and Egypt suffer in 2011
Turkey takes advantage of crisis

New Trends and the Turmoil

The internet revolution
Cruising market affected in Egypt
Sports tourism under threat?
Medical tourism a key area for growth
Health and wellness tourism potential

Impact on Air Travel

Airlines face challenges despite continued traffic growth
Air transportation value sales growth slowdown
IATA revises forecasts down
Key markets continue to drive growth
Dubai remains the main transportation hub
Large airlines continue growing, smaller ones struggle
Bankruptcies threaten new private airlines

Impact on Hotels

H otel hub surviving the turmoil?
Revenues affected by the regional turmoil
Key performance indicators expected to weaken
Threat of oversupply
Luxury bouncing back
Budget still lags behind
Region remains a major growth area
International chains lead the way

Impact on Travel Retail

Travel retailers suffer less, but need to improve their strategies
Travel retail benefits from positive growth in outbound travel
Online grows faster beyond 2011
Emirates Group, a leader across sectors
Arab Spring brings more misery to global travel retailers

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