Published on : Monday, April 23, 2018
Dubai Tourism is seeking the tourists’ arrival from China, India, Spain, Portugal and Russia to increase its cruise tourism industry. By the end of 2021, Dubai Tourism will reach its target to attract one million tourists only for cruise industry.
The target would mark a significant jump from the 625,000 cruise passengers that Dubai recorded in the 2016-2017 seasons and comes as the emirate plans to have 10 cruise ships based at its port.
The top spokesperson from the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) said that new technology on-board cruise ships is making cruise tourism appeal to younger travellers and boosting demand in the segment.
Hamad Bin Mejren, senior vice-president for the stakeholders department at Dubai Tourism said that cruise tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the tourism industry. Annually, there are 26 million cruise tourists globally. With the new ships coming in, it’s no longer just the elder people who are taking cruises; it’s now even younger people.
The Dubai Tourism Board expects to see 725,000 cruise tourists in the 2018-2019 season, and 825,000 cruise tourists in the 2019-2020 season which will cross to 1 million by 2022.
Currently, German tourists account for a lion’s share of cruise passengers in Dubai, making 40 per cent of passengers. Bin Mejren said he expected to see an increase in the number of cruise visitors from India and China due to their relative proximity to Dubai.