Dubai’s buzzing hotel market is seeing considerable growth in visitors from different source markets. While demand continues to remain strong from ‘classical markets’ such as the UK, Central Europe, CIS and Russia, the city is witnessing a new rise in visitors from other so ‘secondary source markets.’
According to figures from the Department of Trade and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), there has been a large boost in tourism from the GCC and Asia over the last year. Saudi Arabia came in first from January to September 2011 with 658,631 guests, followed by India with 501,508 and the UK with 476,919. Source markets that five are six years ago may have been considered ‘secondary’ markets are now climbing the ranks – proof that Dubai’s international appeal continues to go from strength to strength.