• Tourism

    Tourism is a fast-growing sector in many emerging markets. OBG analyses the latest statistics on visitors and spending, highlighting investment opportunities. Our research covers hotel developments, government incentives, demand for leisure facilities and the MICE segment.
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The economy of Kuwait has long been underpinned by the production and export of crude oil. Although the rise in energy prices in 2021-22 boosted government revenue and macroeconomic stability, the Covid-19 pandemic, which preceded the commodity price boom, underscored the risk of over-reliance on an industry subject to fluctuating global demand. This has created fresh impetus for economic diversification, with robust public finances providing a strong platform to...

The cultural and economic reforms undergone by Saudi Arabia since 2016 are perhaps most visible in the entertainment sector. For over three decades entertainment and cultural outlets such as cinemas, art galleries and theatres were banned. So too were artistic practices including filmmaking and live music. Since being elevated to a position of executive importance, however,...

How are ongoing developments in the entertainment industry improving the business and investment climate in the Kingdom?

Saudi Arabia is rolling out a broad tourism offering across the country as a central part of its Vision 2030 national transformation strategy. Following the launch of the tourist visa programme in September 2019 and the subsequent downturn associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 and 2022 have featured an ambitious calendar of events ranging from the Formula 1 Grand Prix,...

The global tourism industry – which accounted for 10% of GDP and 8% of global emissions in 2019 – is faced with the challenge of ensuring continued growth while working towards net-zero emissions goals. Several stakeholders in emerging markets and further afield offer useful case studies to understand what a decarbonised future for the industry could look like.

How is sustainability shaping investment attraction strategies for tourism-related giga-projects?

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