The Middle East witnessed a 3% growth in international tourism generated by exports in 2018, according to the UN World Tourism Organisation.
According to the report, exports generated by international tourism reached $1.7 trillion in 2018 across the world, a 4% increase in real terms over the previous year.
The growth was due to strong outbound travel across the world, said the UN World Tourism Organisation.
Speaking to Hotelier Middle East’s sister title Arabian Business, World Tourism Organisation’s secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Rather than growing in volume we need to grow in value. We are pleased to see that both emerging and advanced economies around the world are benefiting from rising tourism income.
He added: “Revenues from international tourism translate into jobs, entrepreneurship and a better situation for people and local economies, while reducing trade deficits in many countries.”