Monday 13 July 2020

UAE sees a rise in tourists from Russia

DUBAI, October 13, 2019

The number of Russian tourists travelling to the UAE increased more than 55 per cent in Q2 2019, compared to the same period last year, according to new data released by Expedia Group.

The number of tourists from around the world visiting has significantly increased, leading to continued growth in the hospitality sector across the Emirates. Many Europeans, including Russians, are lured to experience the UAE’s world-renowned hotels, luxurious standard of living, famous restaurants, entertainment venues, attractions and entrepreneurial business opportunities that contribute to the region’s year-on-year growth in the hospitality sector.

Recent travel data show that Dubai has welcomed 8.36 million international overnight visitors in the first six months (January-June) of 2019, including Russians, which saw a positive 3 per cent in tourism volume growth compared to the same period last year. The data also predicts that Russian tourists travelling to the GCC will increase by 125 per cent to 2.1 million in 2023, with a projected additional 2.9 million room nights likely to be added through the coming five years.

Factors contributing to this significant increase include initiatives undertaken by the UAE government to boost the country’s tourism industry. In recent years, the strengthened political relationship between GCC and Russia has led to the introduction of additional airline routes and relaxed visa regulations for Russian nationals. With several attractive and flexible business opportunities, GCC has lured many Russian businesses to its market. Furthermore, the UAE government has adopted integrated strategies and innovative solutions to promote sustainable tourism and highlight UAE’s diverse attractions and world-class facilities, furthering its position as a top tourist destination in the Middle East.

Paula de Keijzer, senior director market management, Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Turkey at Expedia Group, said: “As seen from the recent data, major hotel groups are driving construction trends across the country to meet the demands of an ever-increasing number of domestic and international tourists, including Russia. At Expedia Group, we offer hoteliers a revenue management tool, Rev+, free to all lodging partners that work with us, to make revenue management more accessible and level the playing field for the global hospitality industry and allow hoteliers to benefit from greater efficiency through the ability to make more informed decisions, ultimately driving increased revenue performance for the entire hotel.”

Showcasing in the Mobility District of Expo 2020, the Russia pavilion promises to showcase Russia’s extensive knowledge in various fields and take visitors to the next level, where they will be able to experience the possibilities of tomorrow. This signals Russia’s ties with the UAE and that Russian tourism to the region shows no signs of slowing down as Russian visitors travelling to Dubai look set to peak during Expo 2020. - TradeArabia News Service


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