2019 Spring Edition
ELITE TRAVEL TRENDS
- 2019 – THE YEAR OF ULTRA-PERSONALISED TRAVEL
- THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF EUROPE’S HOTEL MANAGEMENT MEETS IN PARIS
- SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD LEVERAGES “WELL BALANCED” PORTFOLIO
- IN THE FIELD WITH MARY GOSTELOW | IDULGING THE SENSES IN THE MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
- HONG KONG’S NEWEST ROOFTOP FOODIE DESTINATION
- DELICIOUS INDONESIA
- MACAO, “CREATIVE CITY OF GASTRONOMY”
MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
- MIDDLE EAST TAKES CENTRE STAGE AS MEA DRIVES TOURISM MARKET
- Facts & Figures
- MEA ON THE RISE
- EUROPEAN VISITORS TO GCC TO INCREASE 29% BY 2023, SAYS ATM REPORT
- OMAN KICKS OFF FIRST EVER BEACH EVENT
- RAS AL KHAIMAH LAUNCHES NEW THREE-YEAR STRATEGY
- Air Transport
- NEW DYNAMICS FOR MIDDLE EAST CARRIERS
- OMAN AIRPORTS LOOK FOR A PRIVATE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
- HIGH AIR FARES HINDER GROWTH OF AIR TRANSPORT IN AFRICA
- OMAN AIR BOOSTS CONNECTIVITY AT MUSCAT HUB
- Trending Destinations
- SPOTLIGHT ON ABU DHABI
- SHARJAH AIMS FOR 10 MILLION GUESTS IN 2021
- DUBAI – INCREASINGLY ON THE “MUST VISIT” LIST
- SOUTH AFRICA HERALDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEMOCRACY
- INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT DRIVES KENYA TOURISM AHEAD
- ST HELENA: IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT NAPOLEON
- Trending Hotels
- AL GHAITH LAUNCHES LUXURY HOTEL BRAND IN THE UAE
- NEW HOTELS TO CHECK OUT IN OMAN THIS YEAR
- WHERE LUXURY MEETS DESIGN
INNOVATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES
STAY UPBEAT… BUT KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND
Growth in tourism continues – but caution reigns as UNWTO reigns-in forecasts
Following several periods of upbeat expectations when it comes to growth in global tourism, prospects for this year are much more cautious.
By the same token, according to the UNWTO, experts from Africa are the most optimistic about 2019, as a number of destinations in the region continue their recovery and experts in the Middle East continue to be optimistic this year, after an already positive performance in 2018… nice to know as this issue spotlights Middle East and Africa.
The UNWTO’s projection for Africa is for 3% to 5% growth in 2019, after 7% last year, as some destinations consolidate their rebound. Prospects for the Middle East point to 4% to 6% growth, following a 10% increase last year. In both cases the projections contain a larger degree of uncertainty due to higher volatility and more limited data availability.
For this edition, we are particularly grateful to have been accorded some quality time with Oman’s Minister for Tourism, Ahmed Bin Nasser Bin Hamed Al Mahrizi, during which he imparted his nation’s “tourism roadmap”. The President & CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Gloria Guevara Manzo, also sat down with us to explain she is working towards a “seamless traveller journey” – a factor that will be essential when it comes to growing tourism numbers.
Our Elite Travel Trends section features high-end gastronomy tourism, and in our Innovations and Technology pages, we examine the impact of Gen Z on tourism.
All this and more make up the current edition of the Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport – aiming to put you a step ahead of the game thanks to bringing you the right information at the right time!
Richard Barnes – Editor-in-chief