India among Dubai’s top 10 hotel guest source markets

DUBAI: India has been ranked among Dubai’s top ten hotel guest source markets in 2013, according to the Emirate’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The other countries included in the list are Saudi Arabia, UK, US, Russia, Kuwait, Germany, Oman, Iran and China.
The number of tourist arrivals has increased by over one million in the last one year.
The data released by DTCM showed guest numbers across all hotel establishments (hotels and hotel apartments) between January and December reached 11.01 million compared to 9.96 million recorded in 2012.
The Australian market experienced the highest growth, with an increase by 39 per cent in 2013 – a result largely attributed to increased flights following the partnership between Emirates airline and Qantas announced in April 2013.
The DTCM said Saudi, consistently Dubai’s primary source market, experienced further growth, with visitors up by 19.9 per cent to 1.35 million.
The Chinese tourism market also grew, with visitors up by 11 per cent, partly as a result of bolstered marketing efforts and the opening of DTCM’s fourth China office in late 2013.
—PTI