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Dubai welcomed a total of 13.2 million international overnight visitors last year, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.2 per cent, which is much higher than the global average of 4.7 per cent, according to the Dubai Annual Visitor Report, released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) at last week’s Arabian Travel Market. Differing from previously announced statistics on guests staying in Dubai’s hotel establishments, the figure is a measure of all international visitors travelling to the emirate and staying for at least one night in hotels, holiday rentals or on board cruise ships.
“The Dubai Annual Visitor Report provides insights into how and why Dubai achieved significant visitor growth last year, continuing the upward trend of recent years,” said Hilal Saeed Al Merri, Director-General of DTCM.
“With the year-on-year increase being significantly higher than the global average, the report demonstrates Dubai’s broadening appeal as a tourism destination among multiple geographies and audience segments, highlighting both the success achieved to date and the opportunity for continual growth.”
Meanwhile, a new research by JLL, in partnership with The Business of Cities Group, placed Dubai among one of the top five most-improved cities since 2010, behind Istanbul, Moscow, Mumbai and Seoul. The emirate improved its global ranking in respect of two diverse indicators, financial services and innovation. Moreover, despite an 80-day partial runway closure last year, Dubai International Airport emerged as the world’s busiest with 70.5 million passengers, an increase of 6.1 per cent, surpassing London Heathrow for the first time. Overall seat capacity to Dubai also increased by 7.2 per cent year-on-year to 48.6 million.
Accessibility to Dubai also improved last year, driven by the easing of UAE visa policies, making it easier and cheaper to visit. Citizens from 46 countries can now get visas on arrival. Positive results are already visible with increase in visitors from countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania by 104 per cent, 86 per cent and 64 per cent respectively.
Source: Property Weekly