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Middle East visitors integral to US$363 billion UK tourism growth forecast

This year's Arabian Travel Market, ATM, a sister event of the World Travel Market London, will provide the perfect platform for UK destinations, hotels and attractions, as well as regional outbound tour operators, as Middle East travellers are expected to play a key role in the UK's continued tourism growth. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the United Kingdom is forecast to reach US$363.77 billion, or GBP290.9 billion, by 2026. 


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Automotive brands dominate top ten most Intimate Brands in the UAE

UAE citizens and residents feel the closest emotional bond with automotive brands, according toMBLM's second UAE Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, the most comprehensive study of brands based on emotions. The most intimate brand in the UAE for the second year in a row is Apple, followed by car brands BMW and Ford. The top 10 is rounded out by: Lexus, Audi, Google, Mercedes, Louis Vuitton, Hilton and Nescafé. This year's Brand Intimacy Report analyzed responses of 6,000 consumers and 54,000 brand evaluations across 15 industries in the US, Mexico and UAE. Key brand intimacy associations in the study like nostalgia, personal enhancement, identity and ritual are designed to give a better understanding of how brands create powerful emotional connections with consumers.


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UAE ranks as world's top Halal travel destination

The UAE has ranked first in the global assessment of travel destinations with the best developed Halal ecosystems, according to the 2016-2017 Global Islamic Economy Report, developed and produced by Thomson Reuters. The UAE is followed by Malaysia and Turkey in the global ranking system that evaluated the countries based on four criteria: inbound Muslim travel, the quality of their Halal-friendly ecosystems, awareness campaigns, and the sector's contribution to employment. 


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Wojhati system records increase of 1.6 million users

Wojhati, the journey planner system of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has achieved 1,636,369 users in 2016, leapfrogging the 1,168,234 users recorded in 2015 by as much as 44 percent. "This sharp rise of 1.6 million in the number of users reflects a quantum shift in the attractiveness of this smart system whose number of users has been on the rise since it was launched in late 2013," Mohammed Abdullah Al Ali, Director of Planning and Business Development, RTA Public Transport Agency, said. 


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