Dubai tourism sees a successful 2019 with a record 16.73 million international overnight visitors

Published on : Friday, January 24, 2020

The Dubai tourism industry closed a successful decade at the end of 2019, welcoming an all-time high of 16.73 million international overnight visitors, marking an impressive 5.1 per cent increase in tourism volumes, exceeding the global tourism growth forecast by the UNWTO by over one per cent.


As per latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), the sector’s exponential progress in a compressed time-frame makes Dubai the World’s Fourth Most Visited City for the fifth consecutive year by MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2019.


Rapidly gaining footing on the ”travel wish list” for today’s global traveller, 2019 not only delivered record tourist arrivals indicating strong appeal for future visits, but also strengthened tourism’s role as key economic growth driver.


Contributing an extraordinary 11.5 per cent in GDP value, Dubai’s tourism sector ranked among ”Top 10” strongest economic share generators, according to the WTTC’s Cities Report 2019.


The Report also ranked Dubai the third largest city with regard to direct international tourism spending with a total of US $27.9 billion.


To quote His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, “The strong performances across our diversified spectrum of traditional strongholds and fast-growing high value segments have continued to solidify the global competitiveness and sustained resilience of Dubai’s tourism sector. This past decade, and 2019 in particular, have delivered unmatched acceleration in Dubai’s stature as a ”Destination of Choice” for global travellers assuring advancement towards the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make it the #1 most visited, preferred and revisited global city. While the global economy remains in a state of flux, we can clearly see an exciting opportunity to further grow Dubai’s dominance in the tourism industry in 2020, and to pioneer the next decade for global travel, offering unique and transformative tourism experiences created and driven by our strong appetite for radical innovation and stakeholder collaboration.”


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