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Dubai Accelerating Momentum Towards Its 2020 Tourism Goals as 2017 Delivers a Record 15.8 Million International Overnight Visitors
  • India becomes first source market to top 2 million annual visitors
  • Visa-on-arrival status for both Russia and China exponentially elevates visitation from both markets
  • Significant year-on-year growth in traffic volumes from majority of key source markets
  • Dubai consolidates its position as fourth most visited city globally
Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2018:  Dubai recorded a strong 6.2 per cent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, accelerating the 5 per cent growth witnessed in the previous year and propelling the emirate's momentum towards its 2020 goal of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade. According to the latest data published by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), a total of 15.79 million tourists visited Dubai last year, setting a new record for the emirate and underlining the sustained strength and resilience of its travel and tourism sector.
 
Commenting on the annual performance, His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism, said: “Under the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the emirate has continued to capture share of the global outbound travel market, complemented by a significant increase in tourism-driven economic contribution to the country's GDP. Our strong 6.2 per cent growth in 2017 has allowed us to ramp up the pace towards meeting our 2020 targets, and today Dubai's travel and tourism sector is not only well positioned to offer a superlative destination experience across its eight core strategic propositions, but also geared to accelerate its appeal to the diverse and evolving needs of our global travellers.
 
“With Dubai firmly consolidating its position as the fourth most visited city globally, we remain confident that our performance, backed by the continued strength of our partnerships across government and private sector stakeholders, will enable us to successfully attain our goals of becoming the #1 most visited city as well as being the most recommended with the highest number of repeat Dubai loyalists.”
 
In terms of country-specific performance, India retained top spot in 2017, contributing 2.1 million visitors, becoming the first country to cross the 2 million mark in a single year. The country's performance represented a 15 per cent year-on-year increase and validated, among other factors, the success of Dubai Tourism's ongoing collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the multi award-winning #BeMyGuest campaign.
 
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) maintained its second rank, contributing a total of 1.53 million tourists last year. Despite an overall 7 per cent year-on-year drop in visitation, it remained the highest driver of traffic volumes from within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
 
Third-placed UK, meanwhile, delivered 1.27 million travellers, rising 2 per cent over 2016, underscoring Dubai's enduring popularity among British travellers despite lingering uncertainty surrounding Brexit that has impacted overall outbound travel growth from this market.
 
Impressive results from some of Dubai's remaining top 10 source markets for inbound tourism included fifth-placed China with 764,000 tourists, up 41 per cent while eighth-placed Russia with 530,000 visitors, recording a stellar 121 per cent increase over the previous year. Both markets benefited from easier access following the introduction of visa-on-arrival facilities to Chinese and Russian citizens in late 2016 and early 2017, respectively. With increased contributions also from the USA, Germany and Iran, at 633,000, 506,000 and 503,000 visitors respectively, collective gains across all of these markets helped mitigate the decline in visitation observed from some of the regional markets like Oman and Pakistan.
 
Western Europe replaced the GCC as Dubai's main regional source market with a 21 per cent share, contributing more than 3.2 million travellers, up 5.5 per cent. Although last year's top performer ended 2017 in second place, the GCC region still maintained a high share of volume at 19 per cent, delivering an overall 3.02 million travellers to Dubai. This 4 percentage point decline in GCC share was, however, effectively countered by year-on-year increases in tourist volumes from all other regional source markets except Australasia.
 
The South Asia region, in third place, contributed an 18 per cent share of over 2.8 million visitors, up a strong 10.6 per cent, followed by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and North and South-East Asia regions in joint fourth position, each contributing close to 1.7 million visitors and independently commanding 11 per cent share, the former recording a 3.2 per cent increase and the latter, an impressive 23.6 per cent over 2016 visitation figures.
 
Underscoring the successful delivery of its diversified market strategy, Dubai's regional mix saw the biggest year-on-year gain of 51.8 per cent from the Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe block, contributing more than 1.1 million visitors and representing a share of 7 per cent; the Americas with a 6 per cent share made up of just under 1 million visitors, up 7.7 per cent; the Africa region with a 5 per cent share made up of more than 780,000 travellers, up 6.7 per cent; and finally Australasia with a 2 per cent share of overall volumes, with a total of just under 340,000 visitors.
 
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri continued: “Dubai's strong performance in 2017 can be attributed to the effectiveness of Dubai Tourism's three-pronged strategic framework, focused on market diversity, agility and personalisation in outreach, and continuous proposition evolution. Through the past year, our numbers demonstrate our growing destination appeal and competitiveness, mitigating single-market exposure – none of which would be possible without the strength of our partnerships across the government, public and private sectors. Going forward, this commitment to collaboration across our tourism ecosystem stakeholders is crucial as we work towards our shared goals.”
 
Supporting the city's priority agenda to always offer something new, unique and world-class to every global traveller, 2017 saw further strides made in broadening Dubai's appeal to a wide spectrum of visitors. The city's newest beachfront district, La Mer, opened to provide families with a new hotspot for dining, playing and unwinding, while Etihad Museum was inaugurated to give the culturally curious an enriching overview of the birth of the United Arab Emirates and the fathers of the nation. Meanwhile, Dubai's new era of live entertainment saw yet another boost with the inauguration of La Perle, the region's first resident theatrical show, performed in a state-of-the-art aqua theatre in Habtoor City. This came on the back of the 2016 opening of Dubai Opera, which continued to go from strength to strength with a packed calendar of performances by international artists and productions, further reflecting the evolution of the cultural and artistic offering in Dubai.
 
Dubai's major theme parks – IMG Worlds of Adventures and Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR) had their first full year of operations in 2017. Within Motiongate Dubai in DPR, exciting new IPs like Lionsgate zone opened, with one of the highlights being The World of Hunger Games. And continuing to enhance Dubai's attractiveness as a global shopping destination following its launch in December 2016, Dubai's Retail Calendar saw both traffic and engagement across the 12 months of shopping-related festivals, promotions and seasonal offer periods, mega-sales and clearance events, exclusive retail experiences and activations.
 
Among the openings towards the end of the year were Dubai Frame and Dubai Safari, both already proving to be popular and the former generating the most impressions ever seen on Dubai Tourism's Instagram page. New destination offerings coming online in 2018 include sections of the Dubai Historic District, giving visitors an immersion into the rich history of the emirate, glimpses of how people used to live and work, and traditions and customs that remain to this day.
 
Enhancements will also continue to be made to the compelling outdoor lifestyle offering in Hatta, which is rapidly becoming a hotspot for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers. To add to the mix is UAE's first national park, Al Marmoum, which launched at the beginning of 2018, providing an opportunity for tourists to interact, learn and appreciate the wildlife flora and fauna of the emirate. With more options for visitors, combined with key fundamentals and the UAE's status as the second ranked country globally for safety and security, according to the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, a firm path has been set for further growth in visitation numbers.
 
As another key aspect of the emirate's strong tourism appeal, Dubai's hospitality sector continued to make further strides in expanding its offering to match the evolving needs of visitors, both in terms of scale and breadth. By the end of 2017, a total of 107,431 keys were available across all hotel and hotel apartment establishments, representing growth of 4 per cent on the previous year. Within this, the most significant expansion of inventory came within the 4-star segment, with a 10 per cent increase to 25,289 rooms. Internationally-branded properties that opened in 2017 included The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, Bulgari Resort Dubai and Renaissance Downtown Hotel, while home-grown brands continued to play an important role, with Rove Trade Centre, The Address Boulevard and Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai all being very popular choices for international travellers.
 
Key to repeat visitation and ensuring Dubai creates advocates for the city are delivering consistently high levels of satisfaction across the visitor experience. Through a robust regular International Visitors Survey (DIVS), key aspects of the experience of thousands of tourists throughout the year are measured, across every key touch point throughout their Dubai destination experience. Reflecting the city's ability to deliver on its brand promise, Dubai has consistently registered exceptionally high satisfaction levels, with the overwhelming majority of visitors likely to promote or actively advocate Dubai to their friends and family.
 
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri concluded: “As we work to establish Dubai as the most recommended city in the world, our focus is firmly on driving advocacy as a key component of our strategy towards sustained tourism growth. Assisted by comprehensive systems for monitoring and gauging traveller sentiment with regard to every aspect of the Dubai experience, our priority is to continuously build on our performance, making the necessary adjustments and improvements across all areas to guarantee the satisfaction of our visitors and ensure they become positive and active ambassadors of our city.
 
“At the same time, as the destination offering continues to evolve, maintaining momentum will be crucial as we look to remain on track to achieve our Tourism Vision 2020 goals.  In this Year of Zayed, we seek to uphold the noble values instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed – including those of wisdom, respect and determination – as we further build on the progress already made. It is incumbent on Dubai Tourism and all stakeholders to not only consolidate existing efforts, but to continue to embrace innovation and new trends. In 2017, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum initiated Dubai 10X, which calls on all Dubai Government entities to embrace disruptive innovation as a fundamental mantra of their operations and to seek ways to incorporate its methodologies in all aspects of their work. In 2018, our activities will reflect this mantra, with projects and initiatives designed to leverage new technologies and build on our ‘digital, mobile and social first' agenda. Dubai has already healthily diversified its base of source markets, and efforts will continue apace to leverage opportunities in emerging and high growth markets.”




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