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VisitBritain reveals new inspirations for the GCC
March 2018 5566

A marketing campaign is underway to hook more GCC travellers to Britain. As revealed by the national tourism agency of the country, Visit Britain, the campaign titled ‘I Travel For…’ was officially launched in the GCC at a VisitBritain reception at Dubai Opera House hosted by Philip Parham, British Ambassador to the UAE, and Tricia Warwick, VisitBritain’s newly appointed director for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

The launch event was attended by more than 80 businesses and representatives from the travel industry across GCC as well as media from the travel and lifestyle sectors. Representatives from the UK Government’s Foreign Office, Department for International Trade, UKVI and the British Council also attended.

VisitBritain’s new campaign uses short-films and story-telling to shine the spotlight on unexpected experiences and less-explored destinations in Britain, alongside its globally renowned and iconic landmarks and attractions. The campaign aligns the passions that motivate visitors from the GCC to travel with experiences that they can only have in Britain, inspiring them to ‘Find Your Great Britain’ and book a trip right now.

VisitBritain Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa interim director, Tricia Warwick said, “The GCC is an important market for VisitBritain and our new campaign aims to build on the growth we have seen, showcasing that Britain is bursting with fun activities, new adventures and wonderfully unexpected experiences that visitors can’t get anywhere else. I Travel For wants to inspire visitors from the GCC to book a trip right now.”

VisitBritain is also working with commercial partners in the GCC including Etihad Airways and DNATA to amplify its global marketing reach and convert the aspiration to visit into bookings. New partnerships with key online travel players, Tajawal (Al Tayyer Group) and WeGo, showcase how accessible regional Britain is for visitors from the GCC.

The latest official statistics show that there has been good growth in visits from the GCC countries to the UK. Between January and September 2017 there were a record 655,000 visits from GCC to the UK, up 7 per cent on the first nine months of 2016. 


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