#THELEISURESHOW
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    GCC’S GROWING LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY


    The GCC hospitality and leisure market remains active, with a steady inflow of investments to construct new hotels and tourist facilities. With over 2,000 upcoming hospitality and leisure projects, GCC countries are on a path toward economic diversification and sustainable growth, offering a magnified opportunity to win business in this region. Already valued at US$178.8 billion, its hospitality, leisure, and recreation industries are only set to grow, driven by rising visitor numbers, expanding populations and the hosting of major global events like Expo 2020.

    UPCOMING PROJECTS IN THE REGION

    GCC governments are adding hospitality and leisure projects to their portfolio of upcoming properties with mega developments such as the Hospitality District in Dubai’s Mall of the World, Craft & Heritage Village in Makkah, Tourism Resort project in Duqm, the Address Hotel Jabal Omar in Makkah, and Phase 1 of the Red Sea Touristic Development in Tabouk.

    IMPACT OF MEGA EVENTS IN THE REGION

    Preparation works for hosting major events such as Expo 2020, as well as strategic tourism planning by the GCC governments, are supporting the construction of new hotels, leisure centers, and entertainment venues.

    RELAXING VISA CONTROLS TO FACILATE TOURISM AND TRAVEL

    Typically, vacation travelers account for the largest share of tourism spending, and often select holiday destinations based on the cultural and natural attractions of an area, as well as beaches and resorts, and sports events. Relaxed visa policies in some of the GCC countries will facilitate holiday, leisure and business travel as more nationalities can obtain visas on arrival which will improve overall tourism spending in the region.

    KEY INDUSTRY STATS & GROWTH DRIVERS

     

    US$44.6 bn

    contribution of tourism to UAE's GDP in 2017

    US$83.8bn

    value of UAE's leisure-recreation and hospitality projects

    25 million

    visitors expected for the Dubai Expo 2020

    1,692

    number of leisure-recreation and hospitality projects in the GCC

    150 million

    tourist arrivals projects for the Middle East by 2020

    US$178.8bn

    Value of the GCC leisure-recreation & hospitality sector

     

     

    The Leisure Show once again lived up to its reputation as the best show for the Fitness Industry in the region. For Matrix Fitness Middle East, The Leisure Show has been the most important platform to launch new products and underline our market presence. Our achievements and growth within the last 3 years were reflected at this year’s show. The show was a huge success for us, and we look forward to an even better edition next year.

    Nasser Obeid

    Managing Director

    Johnson Health Tech

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