Indian tourism to 'increase in Dubai'

29/09/2009 - Dubai Lifestyle News
Indian tourism to 'increase in Dubai'

By Bob Brunskill

Owners of Dubai investment property could see high demand for rental accommodation from tourists from a particular Asian country next year.

This is because the number of visitors from India are expected to increase by 20 per cent, according to recent figures.

The traffic is attributed to new marketing campaigns and Dubai tourism working with Indian tourism professionals.

Speaking to the Middle East North Africa Financial Network, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said: "An increased awareness the Indian travel trade has acquired about the emirate's tourism and shopping attractions."

It added that Indian tourists were likely to exceed a figure of 600,000 as a result of this.

Carl Vaz, DTCM's director of marketing for India, said it had worked closely with the Travel Agent's Association of India (TAAI) to bring the 58th India Travel Congress to Dubai.

In 2008 over 4.4 million Indians went through Dubai's international airport, which was an increase of 23 per cent from the previous year.

The TAAI was established in 1951 by 12 travel agents who wanted to create an association to regulate the industry in India, primarily to protect those with interests in the sector.

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