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Dubai’s versatility attracts Indians

October 5, 2013 Destination Dubai, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Variety products across price range, abundant connections and sufficient hotel rooms are attracting Indian tourists to Dubai.

Mansoor Bawazir, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) Head of Region (India, Middle East & Southern/Eastern Africa) Overseas Promotions and Inward Missions said at the road show in Mumbai last week that: “India was the second largest source market with 763,986 visitors in 2012 representing a 9% increase from 2011.”Delegates of DTCM Roadshow, Mumbai

Kulwant Singh, Managing Director, Lama Desert Tourism told eGTM: “An Indian family of four (a couple and two young children) can have a holiday in Dubai for as little as US $ 400 (Rs 25,000).” He added: “Revenues from Indian arrivals are affected due to fallen Rupee value but arrival numbers are making up for it. Leisure arrivals are growing at 10-12 percent every year. “

Lama Desert Tourism handles the largest share (60 %) of Indian incoming. The company has started Dubai visa facilitation services in New Delhi since two months and plans to extend the facility to Mumbai and Bengaluru by the year-end.

Carl Vaz, Director, DTCM India said: “Dubai has transformed from being a stop-over point to a tourist destination. We are looking at tapping group series departures and the family segment from India this year.”

Niche segments of weddings, honeymoon, school groups, adventure sports and luxury seekers and single women travelers visiting Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2014 will also be in focus.

Emirates Airline is growing robustly and connecting 134 destinations with a fleet of 201 aircraft. 37 A 380s are plying on prominent routes. Emirates will be starting Milan and New York services from 1 October. Emirates has 185 flights per week from different cities in India and 2000 flight connections worldwide from Dubai.

Dubai has 603 hotels with 81,492 rooms. Dubai received 20 million visitors in 2012 and is targeting to double the arrivals by 2020. The Oberoi, Dubai by India’s Oberoi group was launched at the iconic Burj Khalifa in June. The hotel has 252 rooms and suites.

Indian arrivals for the first six months of 2013 were 463,175, representing a growth of 15.8% increase over the corresponding period last year. India is considered among the key markets for realizing DTCM’s 2020 target of 20 million visitors.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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