• Tourism

    Tourism is a fast-growing sector in many emerging markets. OBG analyses the latest statistics on visitors and spending, highlighting investment opportunities. Our research covers hotel developments, government incentives, demand for leisure facilities and the MICE segment.
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Saudi Arabia’s heritage tourism credentials were given a boost in late June, following UNESCO’s decision to add Al Ahsa Oasis to its list of World Heritage sites.

Recent moves by the Abu Dhabi and UAE governments to waive or reduce hotel and visa fees are expected to bolster the emirate’s increasingly active tourism sector and pave the way for more investment.

Moves to expand promotional activities in India, China and Russia, coupled with the easing of visa requirements, have helped to diversify Qatar’s tourism industry, helping to offset a fall in arrivals from neighbouring states.

 

Recording consistent growth since 2011, Mexico’s tourism sector has continued to expand steadily. According to government counts, more than 39m foreign tourists visited the country in 2017. Arrivals remained relatively strong throughout the year, being only slightly affected by natural disasters, namely the hurricane that battered popular...

 

Countries and regions across the world have long understood the potential of the MICE segment as a vehicle to drive high-value tourism and further economic development. In recent decades this has led to significant investment, with nations across the globe working to position themselves as centres for the industry, both regionally and...

 

New flight routes added to Mexico’s secondary cities are attracting more visitors and investment to these destinations, creating a positive cycle of growth. Tourists are increasingly venturing out of Mexico’s four traditional tourist centres – Mexico City, the Mayan Riviera with Cancún as the star attraction, the Riviera Nayarit with Puerto...