The number of tourists coming to the UK from the Gulf region has jumped, with some 494,000 people from the region making trips to the UK in 2009, up nine per cent on the year before, according to a new report from VisitBritain.
Tourists from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE say they are particularly attracted to the UK by the opportunity to shop for fashion and luxury goods not available at home – and the chance to watch one of Britain’s increasingly world famous Premier League football clubs.
Gulf tourism makes an important contribution to the UK economy. The average amount that visitors from the region spent in 2009 while in this country was £1,733 per person – more than three times as much as the average tourist who spent just £554.
The region was the source of 1.7 per cent of visitors to the UK in 2009 but they splashed out £856 million, 5.2 per cent of what all foreign tourists spent here.
Key reasons for the surge in Gulf region