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Travel and Tourism - Yemen - August 2012

Yemen is the southernmost country in the Middle East, nestled on the shores of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. As one of the less well-known Gulf countries, its tourism industry attracted only half a million travellers in 2010 and it is not a country synonymous with tourism. However, the country’s rich Islamic history and archaeological wonders, which include four United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites, are the principal draw for tourists.

 

This report covers the travel and tourism market in Yemen. It contains information on:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

 

Report Description:

Yemen is the southernmost country in the Middle East, nestled on the shores of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. As one of the less well-known Gulf countries, its tourism industry attracted only half a million travellers in 2010 and it is not a country synonymous with tourism. However, the country’s rich Islamic history and archaeological wonders, which include four United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites, are the principal draw for tourists.

The majority of travellers to Yemen come from neighbouring countries. Saudi Arabia is its leading source market, attracting families for their summer holidays, the holy month of Ramadan and the Islamic religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr (known as Eid). Although tourism is small by comparison, Yemen’s rich cultural heritage draws interest from key regions around the world. Nearby countries in North Africa, including Djibouti and Eritrea, provide a stream of visitors. India is a leading source of tourism, with many visiting friends and relatives (VFR) in the south, where Adeni Indians once settled. A fair proportion of Indians also visit Yemen before making pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Decades of civil unrest between north and south Yemen and terrorist activities from Al-Qaeda terrorists based in the country have tarnished the its economy and reputation, putting off many tourists. In the immediate aftermath of terrorist events, tourism normally abates, sometimes significantly before improving over time. The Al-Qaeda suicide-bomb attack in May 2012 led many embassies to advise against any travel to the country, a situation that prevails in August 2012. The UK is among many nations that advise against travel to Yemen. Tourists normally have to take on the security and safety risks in order to see this unique and largely untouched country.

The Arab Spring civil uprising that took hold in Egypt and Tunisia spread to Yemen in January 2011. Already a country in difficulty, the political and economic upheaval cost the country an estimated US$5 billion, according to government sources in Yemen. The country has since sought aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help stabilise its economy. Throughout much of 2011, the Yemen tourism industry was hard hit, with hotels forced to close, jobs lost and airlines facing demise. Tourist arrivals are estimated by Mintel to have declined by one third in 2011 but there are no official data to confirm this. 

 

 

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Table of contents

  1. Yemen: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Tourism and the Economy

                    • Figure 1: GDP and tourism receipts in Yemen, 2007-10
                • Arrivals

                      • Figure 2: International arrivals in Yemen, 2007-11
                    • International
                      • Figure 3: International tourist arrivals from major destinations, 2009-10
                      • Figure 4: International arrivals in Yemen, by region, 2008-10
                    • Middle East
                      • Asia
                        • Europe
                          • Americas
                            • Africa
                              • Domestic
                              • Market Characteristics

                                • International
                                  • Purpose of visit
                                    • Seasonality
                                      • Figure 4: International arrivals by month, 2008-10
                                      • Figure 5: International arrivals by month from the top five source markets, 2010
                                    • Length of stay
                                      • Domestic
                                      • Transport

                                          • Figure 6: International tourist arrivals, by mode of transport, 2009-10
                                        • Air
                                          • Figure 7: International tourist arrivals at major airports in Yemen, 2009-10
                                        • Road
                                          • Figure 8: Arrivals using land-based transportation, by major market, 2010
                                        • Rail
                                          • Sea
                                          • Accommodation

                                              • Figure 9: Tourist nights spent in hotel accommodation and other similar establishments, 2007-10
                                          • Tourism News

                                            • What Next?

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                                              Travel and Tourism - Yemen - August 2012

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