GCC delivers highest share of visitor volumes to Dubai for 2015

Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gulf Cooperation CouncilThe Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) delivered the highest share of visitor volumes to Dubai for 2015, with a total of 3.3 million, up 12.8% over 2014, annual figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) showed. Dubai attracted over 14.2 million overnight visitors in 2015, recording a strong 7.5% increase over 2014.

 

In terms of country-specific volumes from the GCC, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remained the lead market, contributing 1.54 million visitors, followed by Oman accounting for over 1 million travellers.

 

Kuwait and Qatar were also among the top 20 markets, with the former the only one to register a decline in growth versus 2014 yet retaining its top 10 position, and the latter recovering strongly from mid-year with a high 32% year-on-year increase for the full year of 2015.

 

Western Europe remained the second highest regional contributor to visitor volumes, bringing in nearly 3 million tourists, reflecting a solid 6.1% growth in numbers, despite a sluggish economy and a strong US Dollar constraining Dubai’s competitiveness.

 

The UK remained within Dubai’s top 3 source countries with 11% growth, accounting for nearly 1.2 million visitors. Germany also stayed in the top 10 list with 7% growth generating over 460,000 visitors, followed by two others in the top 20 traffic generators -France showing a slight decline primarily in the last quarter of 2015, and Italy remaining flat versus 2014.

 

Northern European markets across the Nordics and the Benelux, while independently small in volume, have been frontier growth generators for tourism traffic in 2015, on the back of growing direct flight capacity from the region.

 

South Asia was the next largest region by volume, bringing in 2.3 million visitors, reflecting a 21.7% increase versus 2014.

 

Over 1.6 million visitors came from the wider Middle East and North Africa region, representing a 1.3% growth.

 

Asian markets (excluding the Indian sub-continent) were the next largest regional contributors with a total of 1.2 million travellers to Dubai – a 17.9% increase for 2015 compared to the previous year.

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