DTCM: Dubai tourism should continue to boom

12/09/2009 - Dubai Investment News
DTCM: Dubai tourism should continue to boom

Written by Bob Brunskill

The popularity of Dubai as a tourist destination for British and Irish holidaymakers looks set to continue, it has been advised.

A spokesman for the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), a group responsible for the international promotion of the emirate, said there have been sustained increases in the number of visitors to the region this year.

Ian Scott, director of the group, explained this level of growth could well continue into 2010 thanks to the influx of British and Irish tourists flocking to the destination - who make up 10.6 per cent of global visitors.

"It is the number one market in the world," he added. The UK is extremely important and we've got 29 flights direct out of the UK today."

Mr Scot also noted that results for the second quarter of 2009 had made DTCM "incredibly confident" about Dubai's economic position.

Recent figures from the organisation published on August 18th revealed year-on-year increases of tourist figures for this period with around 1,857,724 global visitors between April and June 2009.