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Saudi tourism at ATM sees healthy growth

 

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Saudi Tourism at ATM

Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute $70.9 billion (SAR 263.1 billion) in total to the country’s GDP in 2019, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

According to data from  Arabian Travel Market’s (ATM) research partner Colliers, international arrivals to Saudi Arabia are expected to increase 5.6% per year from 17.7 million in 2018 to 23.3 million in 2023. Saudi Tourism at ATM will demonstrate that religious tourism is expected to remain the bedrock of the sector over the next decade, with a goal of attracting 30 million pilgrims to the Kingdom by 2030, an increase of 11 million from the 19 million Hajj and Umrah pilgrims that visited the country in 2017.

According to Danielle Curtis Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market: “More relaxed access to visas, through online portals, and the growth of the Umrah plus market – combining religious and leisure travel – are expected to be key drivers in the growth of international tourism in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia will see a vast expansion of its hotel and resort inventory during 2019. The projected growth in visitor numbers in both the domestic and international markets is expected to boost occupancy levels throughout 2019.”

The first phase of the Red Sea project, which is estimated to grow the kingdom’s GDP will consist of an airport, marinas, up to 3,000 hotel rooms and various recreational activities, is expected to complete during 2022.

Additionally, last year Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund announced the development of Amaala, a new ultra-luxury tourism mega-project which is earmarked for completion in 2028. The development will add 2,500 hotel rooms – further boosting the accommodation offering for both domestic and international visitors alike.

Saudi Tourism at ATM will have a focused seminar titled ‘Why Tourism is Saudi’s new ‘White Oil’ which will take place on the Global Stage on Monday 29thApril between 14.50 – 15:50.  The session will discuss Saudi Arabia’s tourism potential as the Kingdom undergoes a period of rapid economic diversification and forges ahead with its Vision 2030 blueprint.

Domestic tourism is driving Saudi’s tourism industry with the number of local tourist trips inside Saudi Arabia exceeding 47 million in 2018. The latest research from Colliers forecasts this figure to increase by 8% per year and to reach 70.5 million by 2023.

ATM, considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. Arabian Travel Market 2019 will take place in Dubai from Sunday, 28thApril to Wednesday, 1stMay 2019. To find out more, visit: www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.

New this year is the launch of Arabian Travel Week, an umbrella brand comprising four co-located shows including ATM 2019, ILTM Arabia, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa– a new route development forum and new consumer-led event ATM Holiday Shopper. Arabian Travel Week will take place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 27 April – 1 May 2019.

 

 

Reflections on the Industry: Wellness Tourism is on the up

Wellness means different things to different people. Is it a spa weekend, walking in the forest, hugging trees, a meditation and yoga retreat, trekking with friends, a wellness cruise or a two week stay at a medi-spa? We all want to feel and look better and now an increasing number of consumer travellers see wellness as part of their holiday’s DNA. Wellness is no longer a niche sector.

Many destinations have jumped on the wellness stage, placing this segment of the industry firmly on the map as the key growth sector. It’s a big umbrella terminology. It crosses many themed holidays and retreats – spa, fitness, culture, spiritual, adventure and green tourism. Even spas retreats have changed and subdivided – the massage of years ago has had a cosmetic makeover resulting in many versions and styles of spa getaways.

Tourism businesses are adapting to the demands of the growing number of travelling consumers defined as wellness travellers. Visit Scotland www.visitscotland.org, for example, has published a review of industry trends and highlights self-development as its focus this year. According to their research, wellness tourism worldwide was worth £500bn in 2017, and has recently grown at more than twice the pace of tourism overall. With scenic vistas and healthy outdoor activities, they are offering holidays that provide “restorative recreation”. Being at one with nature, the destination naturally lends itself to themed retreats such as art workshops, survival training and creative writing.

Wellness, however, is not limited to land-based holidaying. Cruises lines have created itineraries to appeal to the wellness cruiser. AmaWaterways, www.amawaterways.com has a dedicated wellness host onboard its ships to keep the active sailor amongst us, busy, active and culturally enthused. There are bikes on board for guided rides along the towpaths and city tours during visits to cities and towns along the way. While ocean cruises such as Seaborn Cruises, www.seabourn.com has specific wellness programme for mindful sailing under the guidance of Dr Andrew Weil with thought provoking lectures and tailored treatments to integrate the concepts of wellness into lifestyle habits.

Island resorts are bringing in experts for exclusive specialist retreats such as a former professional ballet dancer, Grace Hurry, to host yoga & pilates holidays at the Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives, www.niyama.com which is part of Niyama’s ongoing programme of visiting practitioners from across the globe. The resort sees Dr Paolo Fernandes’ Longevity, Lymphatic Massage and Nutrition Programme

With sustainable tourism being a hot issue, Visit Scotland is promoting “green getaways” aimed at those who want to limit the impact on the environment. Tourism business are behind many environmental initiatives such as cleaning up beaches and helping poor neighbourhoods while airlines such as Ryanair aimito eliminate plastic cups and packaging on flights.

This type of holiday can also be an answer to over-tourism. Peaceful and more remote places lead the health traveller to less-know destination and away from the high traffic, traditional destinations and attraction that are usually on the bucket list – think historical attractions such as Peru’s Machu Picchu, and the floating city of Venice.

So, the wellness vacation is defining new products that are immersive, spiritual, experiential and essentially good for us, whatever one’s own definition. Driving this is the consumer who is looking to nourish the mind, recharge the body, enlighten the soul and return home well and balanced.

Reflections on the Industry: Today’s health holiday

The holiday experience generates relaxation and that feeling of well-being but are we searching for more?

In our smart world the meaning of health has changed. It has merged under the umbrella of wellbeing which brings together all aspects of our lifestyle. And when holidaying we become more aware and focused on health around us – the nutritious content of dishes printed on menus, the presence of fitness facilities and the spa’s signature treatments and therapies.

E-medicine and online diagnostics are all playing a part to encourage us to manage our own health, at home and away. And with ease of access to a wealth of resources online there are an increasing number of us combining health components with our holidays. From mindfulness, detox, diet or de-stress, more and more of us are taking these issues to tackle while taking a break in the hope we will return, renewed and invigorated!

Advanced technology and ongoing research have broadened our minds, while a renaissance in traditional and natural practices have renewed our beliefs in wellness therapies and treatments.

Chinese aesthetic medicine, fire meditations, floating therapy in ancient caves or non-invasive facelifts – there are treatments for most ailments in locations around the globe. A blessing from a High Priestess in Bali, sound therapy in Thailand, treatments with Argan Oil in Morocco, body screening in the Austrian Alps, health tourism is international.

The numerous cures offered are varied, colourful and creative. Tibetan singing bowls are prescribed for rebalance and harmony while intuitive horse therapy can help to reconnect you with your inner self. And with so many of us suffering distractions from every direction – phone, laptop and social media, mindfulness retreats aim to get you back to reality to live in the moment.

The media plays its role in influencing us. Each day reveals the latest research and newest statistics on every health topic from cancer-reducing activities, anti-ageing treatments, the new superfood addition and the latest official number of hours to sleep.

Films and television reflect this surge in individual health. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy charismatically took this subject on their jaunt to India seeking a healthier alternative for retirement. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel highlighted a faraway destination at a far cheaper cost. But it was the culture shock and change of living standards that gave them the release of letting go of the past and living for the moment. Their experiences and self-discovery have contributed to seeking wider experiences to reflect on ourselves and lifestyle options.

Low cost airlines have contributed to the growth in health tourism. They have played a major role in opening up routes and borders to more destinations to allow easier access to locations for health treatments at competitive costs.

Health Tourism is growing. It impacts our lifestyle and the choices we make. Holidays have become experiential so whether it is sound therapies, underground caves or spiritual healing, holidays are becoming healthier with time away from home to learn and adopt new health ingredients into our life.

Spain – A Healthy European Destination

Paella and tapas, lively fiestas, siestas, sundrenched beaches, and a distinctive combination of art and history paint the iconic portrait of Spain.

Located on the southwest shore of Europe and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the western side and the Mediterranean on the southern side, every angle of Spain promises an experience that is uniquely yours.

Madrid, Spain’s capital and largest city, is credited for its iconic nightlife, but also promises stunning architecture and many must see attractions like the Royal Palace and the San Miguel Market.

San Sebastian is home to some of the most popular beaches in Europe including Playa de la Concha and La Playa de Ondarreta. San Sebastian is also rich with historical and culinary tradition found within The Old Town.

Barcelona is rightfully one of the country’s most popular travel destinations. There are endless ways to spend your time including sunbathing on Barceloneta, stroll down the tree-lined avenue of La Rambla, or marvel at the architecture of Casa Batllo.

The historically abundant city of Toledo is unlike any other location in Spain. It served as the capital until the 16th century and here you can find art and architecture dating back to the Roman Empire.

For style, yachts, polo and championship golf, the elegant alcove of Sotogrande in Southern Spain, just 20 minutes from Gibraltar is well worth a visit.

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Hungary Essential Facts

Airport:Budapest Airport
Voltage:230v
Time Zone:Central European
Weather/Climate:Hungary experiences typical Central European climate. Winters are snowy and cold (average of 3°C). Summers are warm and sunny with occasional rain (average of 20°C)
Language Spoken:Hungarian
Currency:Hungarian forint (HUF)
Dialing Code: +36

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Kreativ Dental Clinic is one of Hungary’s most elite practices for dental surgery. Their facilities are top of the line, with completely up to date equipment, exquisite restaurants and even a relaxing Japanese garden. Kreativ Dental Clinic has an established UK branch, which is one of the main reasons hundreds of patients from the UK travel to Hungary for their dental procedures annually. The clinic is ISO certified.

Hungary Tourism Information

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Hungary offers historical remains dating back to the Middle Ages, culinary classics such as goulash and paprika,  crystalline natural hot springs and the  iconic Danube River.

This  country is conveniently located in the heart of Europe with Budapest as its capital city. With captivating landscapes, unique architecture and rich culture, Hungary has a wide range of activities, from exploring Buda Castle, to visiting the Budapest Opera House, hiking through the Balaton-Highlands National Park and relaxing in its healing waters.

Budapest, Hungary’s capital and largest city, is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Budapest is home to the world’s largest thermal water cave system as well as the world’s second largest synagogue and third largest Parliament building – the city’s top attraction.

Lake Balaton is Europe’s largest freshwater lake. It is also Hungary’s most popular summer resort. It’s so big it’s sometimes referred to as the “Hungarian Sea.” Ferries at Fonyod take passengers to Badacsony, a major wine-growing region. The north shore offers the historical bathing town of Balatonfured, the baroque Festetics Castle and more wineries,

Hortobagy National Park was established as Hungary’s first national park in 1973. It is the country’s largest protected area and Europe’s largest semi-natural grassland, with the alkaline steppe dating back 10,000 years. Expect to see wild horses.

Eger, northern Hungary’s second largest city, is famous for its magnificent baroque buildings. Hungary’s first Christian king founded the Episcopal cathedral, which remains an important religious center today. The cathedral was built on Castle Hill, with the city growing around it. The castle and basilica remain the city’s top sights, followed by the Valley of the Women, a series of wine cellars and restaurants built into surrounding hills.

Arizona Essential Facts

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.(PHX) is located 10 miles west of downtown Scottsdale
Voltage: 120v
Time Zone: GMT -7.00
Weather/ Climate: Scottsdale’s climate is arid. Winters are mild and summers are extremely hot.
Language Spoken: English
Currency: US Dollar
Dialling Code: +1 480