GCC countries hospitality revenue is expected to range from a CAGR of 6.9% to 11.0% between 2023 and 2028

The growth in the hospitality sector revenue of individual GCC countries is expected to range from a CAGR of 6.9% to 11.0% between 2023 and 2028. Saudi Arabia is projected to grow in line with the GCC average of 7.5%, supported by numerous government-led initiatives as part of its Vision 2030, whereas the UAE is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9%, backed by the government’s focus on modernizing infrastructure and easing tourist visa rules. Smaller markets are expected to witness high growth rates during the forecast period, with Qatar at 11.0%, Kuwait at 10.5% and, Oman and Bahrain at 9.0% CAGR. According to Alpen Capital, the GCC hospitality sector revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.5% from 2023 to 2028, reaching approximately US$ 48.1 billion by 2028. This robust growth is fueled by the unified efforts of the GCC countries in prioritizing hospitality as a key element of their long-term diversification strategies. Furthermore, steady economic growth, increasing tourist arrivals and a multitude of mega MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) and sporting events to be hosted in the region will support the projected growth.

“A rising trend towards sustainable tourism and responsible travel is gaining ground across the GCC’s hospitality sector due to increasing ecological awareness among consumers worldwide. The tourism industry is experiencing a surge in the popularity of new segments, such as cultural tourism and health & wellness tourism, reflecting evolving consumer likings and lifestyles. Despite market competition and geopolitical uncertainties, the industry continues to strategically enhance visitor experiences and stimulate demand through innovation and consolidation. We expect to witness healthy domestic and cross-border M&A activity, as the sector advances to respond to the rising demand for accommodation and hospitality services.”, says Sanjay Bhatia, Managing Director, Alpen Capital (ME) Ltd.