CHINA, RUSSIA KEY SOURCE FOR DUBAI TOURISM.
Dubai recorded a significant jump in tourist traffic in the first two months of 2017 on the back of a sudden surge in Chinese and Russian visitors following the introduction of free on-arrival visas for both nationalities.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) reported a stellar 12 per cent year-on-year growth across the first two months of 2017, which saw Dubai welcoming just over three million visitors. The growth in numbers was nearly four times the rate of the previous year, giving a key indication that Dubai is on track to surpass its target of hitting 20 million visitors by 2020.
"Supported by growth in all key markets, China and Russia in particular drove the volumes and set the stage for a strong first quarter result. This period witnessed a 60 per cent growth in overnight tourists from China, with January alone peaking at a dramatic 102 per cent, while attracting a total of 157,000 Chinese visitors across just the first two months," a statement from Dubai Tourism said. Visitor traffic from Russia jumped 84 per cent over the same period last year, with February delivering a massive 140 per cent volume increase to bring a total of 65,000 travellers in the first two months, Dubai Tourism said.
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|Publication:||Pakistan & Gulf Economist|
|Date:||Apr 2, 2017|
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