Published on : Wednesday, November 8, 2017
During the first nine months of 2017 a total of 11.58 million international overnight tourists visited Dubai showing an increase of 7.5 percent over the same period last year.
It was reported that 1,478,000 Indian tourists visited Dubai between January and September leading to a significant 20 per cent rise over the same period in 2016. India took the top position in Dubai’s list of source markets for inbound tourism.
The increase was seen due to the extensive promotional activities driven by Dubai Tourism in the market involving and collaborating with highly successful influencer Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Dubai’s second and third largest feeder markets were retained by Saudia Arabia and the UK respectively.
China delivered 573,000 visitor during the first nine months holding the fifth place with a 49 per cent year-on-year growth. It continues to benefit from the regulatory changes being introduced in late 2016 granting Chinese citizens free visa-on-arrival access to the UAE.
Between January and September 2017 a total of 1,250,00 Saudis and 905,000 British travellers arrived in the emirate. Due to the ongoing economic challenges in Saudi Arabia there was a slight drop in the number of visitors while UK showed a 2 percent year-on-year increase despite facing the Brexit instability.
There was a significant growth in Dubai’s hotel sector with the keys standing at 106,167 at the end of the third quarter. There was an aggregated 6 percent increase in capacity over a 12-month period versus end of September 2016.
The luxury five-star hotels made up 33 percent of the emirate’s total inventory, the four-star hotels had a 23 percent share and the one-to three-star categories had a 21 percent share.
The hotel apartment establishments showed a 23 percent of total inventory being split into the deluxe /superior and standard categories holding shares of 9 and 4 percent resopectively.
The average occupancy for the hotel sector was 76 percent and remain unchanged from the end of Q3 2016 revealing the industry’s foundational stability.
Hotel apartment establishments made up 23 percent of total inventory, split into deluxe/superior and standard categories, with 9 and 14 percent shares respectively.