Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Dubai saw a growth of 25% in cruise tourism last year as the destination hosted 157 ship calls welcoming an overall 600,000 passengers. Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, Director, Dubai Cruise Tourism said that India is the largest source market for Dubai in terms of inbound visitors and regarding cruising to Dubai it has climbed to the 14th position.
Falasi said, “The potential that India outbound market carries is not hidden. Dubai has always been the favourite destination of Indian travellers. In terms of cruise tourism in Dubai, India is growing as a strong contributor as from 21st position in 2015 it reached to 14th position in 2016 in terms of source market for cruise tourism and we are hopeful that India outbound travel will continue to cruise to Dubai in robust numbers.”
Falasi was speaking at the Dubai Cruise Tourism road show organized in Mumbai recently. MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean International were part of the delegation led by Dubai Cruise Tourism Department at road show in Mumbai. Dubai Cruise Tourism has also held road shows in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
Kunal Sampat, GM – India, MSC Cruises, said, “Dubai cruising from India is certainly picking up. At MSC Cruises, we are receiving y-o-y growth of 18 to 19%. Considering the increase in number of passengers to Dubai for cruising from India, we are deploying bigger ships for the destination for our winter sailings i.e. from December to March.”