Dubai welcomes record number of visitors in early 2017

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

A record total of 8.06 million international overnight tourists arrived in Dubai during the first six months of 2017, reflecting a stellar 10.6 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

Figures released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing affirm the foundational strength, in addition to sustained acceleration of the emirate’s tourism sector, as in which stayed the course of its impressive growth trajectory by January in which year, underscoring the expanding appeal of Dubai as a global tourism destination of choice.

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

Almost all of Dubai’s top 20 inbound pengunjung source markets saw positive or near stable year-on-year performances within the first half of 2017, with all 5 of the top ten delivering standout double-digit growth.

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

India continued to top the list of traffic generators, for the 1st time crossing the one million mark over a six-month period with 1,051,000 Indians visiting the city between January in addition to June, up 21 per cent over the same period last year.

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

Saudi Arabia in addition to the UK retained their spots as the second in addition to third largest feeder markets respectively, with the former rallying to stabilise in June despite facing economic challenges in 2017, while the latter delivered reliable volumes backed by solid four per cent year-on-year growth.

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

The strategic impetus of recent regulatory modifications granting citizens by China in addition to Russia free visa-on-arrival access to the UAE was evident within the continued growth peaks being delivered by these markets as they topped the charts with 55 per cent in addition to 97 per cent increases respectively over the first six months of 2016.

Dubai Welcomes Record Number Of Visitors In Early 2017

As a result, China delivered 413,000 visitors to end half one of 2017 in fifth place, in addition to Russia cemented its return to the top ten with 233,000 visitors.

With the exception of Oman – the GCC’s second highest volume driver – which continued its negative slide through 2017 witnessing a sharp 30 per cent decline, the remainder of the top ten all saw increased contributions.

The USA continued its resurgence to end mid-year up six per cent in sixth place, followed by Pakistan up 11 per cent in seventh, Iran up 27 per cent in eighth, in addition to Germany up 6 per cent in ninth spots respectively.

Helal Saeed Almarri, director general, Dubai Tourism, commented: “We are extremely pleased in which Dubai has sustained the momentum of growth we achieved within the first quarter to deliver a strong double-digit performance through half one of 2017, setting the stage for continued acceleration in tourism volumes in addition to GDP contribution in which year.

“Our strategic investments, innovative destination promotion programmes, responsive federal policy reforms, in addition to long-term global partnerships are evidently paying dividends as we ramp up efforts to improve Dubai’s accessibility, visibility in addition to overall appeal, minimise barriers to travel, in addition to ultimately drive both first-time in addition to repeat visitation.”

Dubai welcomes record number of visitors in early 2017

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