The paper "The Economic Impacts of Cruising in the Middle East" is an outstanding example of macro and macroeconomics coursework. The report presented below tends to find out and quantify the economic implications of cruising. The coverage provides an in-depth analysis of most of the countries in the Middle East. From the report, it is also possible to identify a set of investment opportunities that will promote the growth of the tourism sector and the entire economy, and in particular in the Middle East. The report can be used as a platform by the government, the donor partners, and the private sectors to help and support further strategiesDaher (2007).
It can also be used in targeting the development of the cruising sector. Even though data on tourism, and in particular cruise tourism, is not readily available in some countries of the middle east, the report is an attempt to help and capture the initial economic information about the cruise industry. It manages to provide a point of departure for additional research targeting the economic, environmental, and social impacts related to the industry.
The industry is recorded to exhibit robustly increased demand tends dated over the last few decades. The tourism segment can be determined as one of the crucial building blocks in the broader Middle East. Most of the data and ideas presented in the paper majors on the economic impacts directed by the cruise industry in the Middle East. Doing the analysis relies on the current benefits and imperative contributions that the cruise industry contributes to the local economies Gaouette (2010). Identification is made of the major driving forces leading to the evolution of the industry and in particular, in the Middle East.
Some of the findings presented by the research include the scarcity of the reliable market for the cruiser business. In trying to overcome some of these challenges, the empirical approach implemented focuses on past research and diversified data input obtained from various sources. Some of the sources include the tourists’ spending patterns questionnaires together with interviewing the experts related to the fieldAyalon (1993). 1.0 Introduction In the Middle East, cruisers are becoming popular mostly in the tourism sector. Its developments are however affected by some visa-related impediments.
For instance, a cruise stopping in Dakar and some other related countries are charged close to $ 250 in addition to the normal fee. That is considered to be the visa costs, and it has tremendously affected the growth of the sector. There have been complications in getting visas for certain nationalities in the region. In the Middle East, cruisers are of considerable interest to Australians. For example, visa complications prevent many Australians from purchasing and tour operators and travel agencies for selling cruises in the region (Great Britain, 2007).
Apparently, a change in the situation has been noted in the past decades. There has been a campaign in reducing the bureaucracy by establishing a low-cost and fast-track transit visa system for cruise passengers. The advancement was one of the key development strategies set by the Emirates. They had a view that they should be exempt from regular formalities and visas if they are only going to be in port for a shorter period. For the case of Dubai, they have worked out a deal in which cruise lines can be accredited with a 9-hour transit visa for the entire shipload of passengers directly based on the passenger manifest list.
Such individual no longer requires visa applications. As a way of attracting more tourists, there is a talk in other Gulf countries to implement and embrace the concept of fast-track visa systems for cruise passengers. Economically, it has the benefit of increasing the rate at which tourists will come into different countries. That will result in a direct improvement in the GDP.
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