Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017
In 2016, more than 1.8 million travelers from India visited Dubai as overnight visitors showing 12 percent growth in comparison to 2015 becoming premier South Asian source market. In 2015, almost 1.6 million Indian travelers entered Dubai as per datas presented by Dubai Tourism.
In terms of overnight visitors worldwide, in 2016 Dubai attracted approximately 14.9 million visitors which is tantamount to 5 percent increase over 2015. Overall, the desert city attracted 14.2 million overnight visitors in 2015. As per a recent release issued in Dubai, ‘’ Expectations on tourism growth from India remain high for 2017 with even stronger bilateral ties being forged between the UAE and India.’’
In the midst of various crises faced by other countries, Emirates tourism industry successfully portrayed its strong performance with an expected annual target of 20 million visitors by 2020. Helal Saeed Almarri, Dubai Tourism Director General said that Dubai witnessed a 14.9 million overnight traffic last year making this world-class city fourth most visited metropolis in the world with highest value for domestic economy.
To quote the director general, ‘’ The effectiveness of our three-pronged approach is evidenced by the encouraging 13 per cent growth in volumes from South Asia led by India, despite the demonetizations and cash pressures facing the market. Similarly, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) remained the dominant market within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), bringing first time and significant repeat travelers to Dubai.’’