UK visitors third highest number in Dubai

Published on : Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dubai TourismAccording to new figures released by Dubai Tourism, the United Kingdom is now the
third biggest source market for international tourism to Dubai.

Other Western markets such as Canada and the US also saw healthy increases in visitors as the city appeals to an ever-broader audience. The Middle East remains the largest regional source market with a 24% share of Dubai’s total visitors, while Western European visitors contributed 20% to the total number of visitors.

Statistics show more than 11.7 million international overnight visitors arrived in Dubai during the first ten months of 2015 – an 8.3% (900,000) increase compared to the same
period in 2014 (the increase in numbers goes hand in hand with a 7% rise in hotel room
supply over the same period).

Asia showed the largest growth, with a 54% and 32% increase in international overnight
visitors from the Philippines and China respectively, however the UK and Germany also
saw double-digit growth (12% and 11% respectively).

The city’s strengthened and diverse offering means it is on track to achieve its ambition
of attracting 20 million visitors per year by 2020.

Ian Scott, director UK & Ireland Dubai Tourism, said, “To date this year, the UK showed the third largest increase in international visitors to Dubai with a strong 12% UK visitor
growth. It is great to see the UK market growing at such a rate as Dubai continues to
broaden its appeal to everyone, from families to couples, thanks to its diverse offering
and we look forward to continue driving this in 2016.”


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