Dubai sees Ukraine tourist numbers up 29pc
Dubai, December 19, 2013
The number of Ukrainian tourists to Dubai in 2012 rose by 29 per cent compared with the previous year’s 54,520 tourists, said a top official.
“Between January and September 2013, about 49,000 Ukrainian tourists were hosted by Dubai hotel establishments. Dubai airport recorded 62.4 per cent rise in Ukrainian passengers. Dubai’s trade with Ukraine also rose by over 87 per cent during this period,” added Saleh Al Geziry, director of Overseas Promotions at Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
He was speaking at the second annual Congress of Natalie Tours was held recently at Jumeirah Group hotel in Dubai.
For the second time, the top management of the company utilised the opportunity to meet general managers of top 100 successful travel agencies in Ukraine to discuss joint plans and development of cooperation with regard to the UAE, one of the key markets for the tour operator.
Ukraine-based Natalie Tours and Alpha Tours, the host company in the UAE, offer Ukrainian tourists in the UAE a range of tourist products including different leisure opportunities in all seven emirates and a variety of hotels– both luxury and economy class.
Tourists are offered a variety of services, from meeting at the airport to providing unique excursions and entertainment, a statement said.
Natalie Tours was the first to make the UAE a year-around destination in the Ukrainian market. Special contribution to the acceleration of growth of Natalie Tours resulted in strategic cooperation with the budget airline flydubai.
The flight programme provides eight flights per week from Kiev, Ukraine's capital, and major regional cities - Donetsk and Kharkov. During its three years of its work, Natalie Tours has created a partner network of more than 1500 agencies in 100 Ukrainian cities.
Vladimir Vorobiev, president of Natalie Tours, said: "Working with reliable partners is our main principle. Due to considerable experience of leading companies in the provision of recreation, we can guarantee quality and unforgettable vacation to every tourist who goes on a journey with Natalie Tours. I would particularly like to acknowledge the contribution of our partner in the UAE – Alpha Tours.”
“Effective cooperation, common principles of management that unite our companies and honest partnership that evolved over the years have become the key to mutually profitable work and led to steady yearly growth in number of tourists sent by Natalie Tours to the UAE resorts and contributed to gaining leadership position in the Ukrainian market,” he noted.
Natalie Tours is the leading tour operator marketing UAE destination in CIS market. The UAE is one of the priorities and strategically important directions for Natalie Tours. The overall number tourists from Natalie Tours to the UAE in 2013 will reach 250,000, out of which 50,000 are from Ukraine.
Ghassan Aridi, CEO of Alpha Tours, said: “The Ukrainian market is very important for UAE in general and Dubai in particular. It is a very promising market where the number of tourists will be increasing year after year. The number of Ukrainian tourists to Dubai this year was 50,000 and this number is expected to rise in the coming years.”
The congress, he said, will help tour operators in promoting the UAE and Dubai in a big way in their markets. – TradeArabia News Service