With many Indian couples preferring Dubai as a wedding destination, this city in the United Arab Emirates has plans to make inroads into the two-tier cities here showcasing its numerous attractions. It hopes to woo more Indians by positioning itself as an exotic wedding destination, a business centre and a tourist paradise.
India had registered a growth rate close to ten per cent in 2012 (about 7,63,000 visitors) compared to 2011, retaining its number two source market for Dubai. In the first half of 2013, Dubai received 4,60,000 Indians registering 15.8 per cent growth.
According to Mansoor Bawazir, Head of Region, India, Middle East & Southern / Eastern Africa, Overseas Promotions and Inward Missions, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM), “ we are here to promote and showcase our products in the Indian market and further increase Indian arrivals.”
India is huge market with great potential and will be one of the important source markets to achieve our target of 20 million visitors by 2020.
According to sources, the multi-city workshops will target over 1,000 Indian trade professionals comprising major travel and tour operators, wedding planners and up-market leisure operators across India.
The latest travel figures shown by Dubai Department of Tourism have highlighted an interesting rise of 10 per cent in Indian tourists who have chosen UAE as their vacation destination.
As per UN World Tourism Organisation estimates a surge in per capita income will result in the rise to 50 million Indian outbound tourists each year by 2020.
Saudi Arabia, India, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Kuwait, Oman, China and Iran are among the top ten markets for January to June 2013.