India has topped the list of Dubai’s source markets for inbound tourism, with 617,000 tourists from the country arriving in the emirate from January-March 2018, registering an impressive 7% year-on-year increase.
India tops Dubai’s Foreign Tourism sector with over 6L visitors
Welcoming 4.7mn international overnight tourists, Dubai posted a stable 2% increase in traffic as compared to last year, as reported by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
India helped Dubai to level out relatively stable second-placed Saudi Arabia (minus 1%) and steeper decline in visitation from the UK (minus 8%), placed third.
Russia ended the quarter in fourth place, continuing its upward trajectory by topping the growth charts with a stellar 106% increase over Q1 2017, delivering 259,000 tourists, benefiting from availability of visa-on-arrival facilities for Russian citizens from last year.
Fifth-placed China also continued to leverage its visa-on-arrival status, delivering 258,000 Chinese visitors, up a strong 12%.
Posting double-digit increases in most countries, Europe made particularly strong contributions in the first-three-months of the year, with Germany in seventh place, up 13% with 194,000 visitors, France up 17% with 103,000 in 12th place, and 14th-placed Italy up 20% with 80,000.
In a record first appearance, Sweden featured among Dubai’s top 20 source markets, delivering 42,000 visitors, up 9%.
Travellers from eighth-placed US increased by a moderate 2%, while declines were witnessed by both ninth-placed Iran and 10th-placed Pakistan at 19 and 22%.
Western Europe retained pole-position, contributing an unprecedented 23% of overnight visitor volumes, ahead of GCC and South Asia, both with 17% shares.
Tourism and Economy
In 2016, the direct contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the UAE’s GDP was AED 68.5 billion (USD 18.7 billion) which is equivalent to 5.2 per cent of the total GDP. It is forecast to rise by 5.1 per cent per annum from 2017 to 2027 to AED 116.1 billion (USD 31.6 billion) which would be equivalent to 5.4 per cent of the total GDP in 2027.
The total contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the UAE’s GDP was AED 159.1 billion (USD 43.3 billion) which is 12.1 per cent of GDP. It is forecast to rise by 4.9 per cent per annum to AED 264.5 billion (USD 72 billion) which would be 12.4 per cent of GDP in 2027.
The travel and tourism sector directly supported 317,500 jobs in the UAE which is 5.4 per cent of total employment. This is expected to rise by 2.4 per cent per annum to 410,000 jobs which would be 5.9 per cent of total employment in 2027.
The total contribution of travel and tourism sector to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the industry was 10.4 per cent of total employment which was 617,500 jobs. This is expected to rise by 2 per cent per annum to 770,000 jobs in 2027 which would be 11.1 per cent of total jobs.
Investment in the travel and tourism sector was AED 26.2 billion (USD 7.1 billion) which amounted to 7 per cent of the total investments made. It is forecast to rise by 11 per cent per annum over the next 10 years to AED 74.5 billion (USD 20.3 billion) in 2027 which would be 11.2 per cent of the total investments.