Tourism industry jobs in the Middle East are expected to reach 6.6 million in 2022

This emerges from a new study by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Growth may be 27.1% compared to the global average of 30.7%

Dubai, one of the most popular destinations for Israeli travelers. Photo Depositphotos

“The travel and tourism industry in the Middle East is likely to recover in the coming year. “If governments give priority to travel and tourism, the number of jobs in industry could reach 6.6 million, close to pre – epidemic levels,” according to a new study by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

The new study also shows that the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East is expected to grow by 27.1% in 2022 compared to the global average of 30.7%. Low immunization rates in a number of countries, coupled with restrictions in key source markets have halted a faster recovery of the tourism industry. Prior to the outbreak, the contribution of the Middle East tourism industry to GDP was $ 270 billion (8.9% of the total economy).

According to the new study, the current recovery rate in the Middle East will stand at just over 25% after a drop of 51.1% in 2020. This growth, although slower than expected, overtakes the travel and tourism regions of Europe and Latin America and brings in about $ 36 billion annually to the region’s economy. The data also reveals that the Middle East region could register a 28.1% increase in 2022, representing an additional revenue of $ 47 billion.

While the local economy this year enjoyed a 38.6% increase in domestic tourism revenue, and an expectation of 19.2% in 2022, recent changes in international travel restrictions are expected to provide a significant boost in international spending, which is critical to the region’s economy. International spending is expected to grow by 37.9% this year, driven by an increase in the number of visitors from neighboring countries, which has provided a boost to the industry over the past few months. As this trend continues into 2022 and when more international visitors from outside the region are expected, WTTC expects a further year-on-year increase in international travel expenses of 51.8%.

After the loss of nearly 1.2 million jobs in the travel and tourism industry last year, when travel restrictions led to a halt in international mobility, employment levels are set to rise by only 1% in 2021. However, the level of employment is likely to rise by 8.2% year-on-year in 2022, providing 470,000 additional jobs in travel and tourism, to a total of 6.2 million people employed in the sector.

Julia Simpson (Julia Simpson), President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Our research clearly shows that while the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East is slowly recovering, it is still far from pre-epidemic levels in terms of the sector’s contribution to the region’s economy and employment. Looking to the future, the Middle East has strong growth potential following the reopening of its borders to international travelers. “We have seen countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates implement policies to restart international travel safely and we hope to see a harmonious approach across the region.”

Tourists at the Western Wall. Photo depositphotos

According to the WTTC, the industry could accelerate global recovery if five vital steps are implemented by governments around the world:

* Allowing vaccinated passengers to move freely, regardless of their origin or destination.

* Implementation of digital solutions that allow all passengers to easily prove their status as Corona vaccinated, which can speed up the process of crossing borders.

* Governments must recognize all vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization.

* Continue to support the COVAX / UNICEF initiative to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide.

* Continued implementation of improved health and safety protocols.

The future could be brighter for the Middle East if these five vital steps are taken before the end of 2021, research shows that the impact on the economy and jobs across the Middle East may be significant. The contribution of the travel and tourism industry to GDP is expected to rise by 33% ($ 44 billion) by the end of the year, and by a further 30% ($ 53 billion) in 2022.

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