Dubai international passenger traffic soars by 19%

04/04/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai international passenger traffic soars by 19%
Dubai's international passenger traffic went up by 19 per cent in February, surpassing the 4.5 million mark for the second month in a row.This may be of interest to those with property in the UAE who are looking to increase their portfolios for holiday rentals, as the emirate's appeal as a tourism destination continues to grow.Travellers from Gulf Co-operation Council nations rose the most, followed by people from the Indian subcontinent, Western Europe and Africa.February's leap day also accounted for the rise, with this additional 24 hours potentially contributing to Dubai International Airport's overall performance for the year.Chief executive officer of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths said: "February marks the 12th consecutive month with passenger traffic exceeding the four million mark ... we are well on track to achieve the targeted 56.5 million passenger traffic for 2012."This week, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing revealed that from January to September 2011, 6.64 million guests stayed at hotels in Dubai, which is up 11 per cent on 2010, while guest nights climbed 26 per cent to 23.9 million.