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Dubai Goes After Indian Tourists

Dubai to push for tapping the Indian tourist market

Oct 05, 2009

Dubai will push for tapping the Indian tourist market further as the number of Indian visitors to the city has steadily gone up despite global recession, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing(DTCM) chief Mr. Khalid Bin Sulayem said today.

Mr Sulayem said, after meeting the visiting Indian Minister of State for Tourism Sultan Ahmed, Dubai was keen on further tapping the Indian market which remained strong towards contributing to the growth of Dubai's tourism industry over the years.

In 2008, the number of Indian guests in Dubai hotel establishments increased by 20 per cent, as compared to that of 2007, to reach 4,93,318.

About 4.47 million Indians travelled through Dubai International Airport in 2008, 23 per cent more than the previous year.

Mr Sulayem reviewed bilateral tourism and business ties between Dubai and India and the present tourism scenario with the Indian Minister and Indian Consul General, Mr Venu Rajamony, during a meeting at the DTCM Head Office today.

Mr Ahmed praised the strong and historical links between India and the UAE in general and Dubai in particular.

He also praised the growth of tourism in both the countries and ways to strengthen cooperation in this sector.

He thanked the Dubai Government and DTCM for their invaluable support for hosting the first-ever overseas Congress of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) last week.

The four-day Indian Travel Congress attracted more than 2500 participants.
Mr Sulayem said his department will further increase the promotion and marketing of Dubai in India in the upcoming tourist season in collaboration with the tourism industry stakeholders.

The DTCM, which has been operating a representative office in Mumbai for the past 13 years, holds road shows in Indian cities in addition to participating in various travel and tourism exhibitions.

Dubai to push for tapping the Indian tourist market
Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing chief Mr. Khalid Bin Sulayem / Image via


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