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Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016
Dubai recorded a strong 7.5% increase in 2015 as compared to 2014, attracting over 14.2 million overnight visitors, double the United Nations World Travel Organisation’s (UNWTO), annual figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) showed.
UNWTO projected 3-4% global travel growth for the same period.
Despite a year afflicted by macro-economic uncertainties, the emirate’s tourism sector made steady progress towards the target of 20 million visitors per year by 2020. The tourism sector proved the strength of its economic contribution amidst a particularly shaky geo-political climate during the second half of 2015 internationally.
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, said, “Under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, last year was a very strong year for Dubai’s travel sector, achieving double the global industry growth levels and our international visitation hitting 14.2 million, which firmly positions us as the fourth most visited city in the world.
”Yet if Dubai is to hit its 20 million visitors per year target in the next five years, we must deliver a threshold 7-8% annual growth consistently, which has put even greater emphasis on strong sector-wide collaboration.