Directors said that domestic tourism will play a prominent role in the gradual recovery of the tourism sector during the coming period, noting that most visitors from within will prefer to go to resorts and beach hotels, which provide extensive entertainment options, especially for families.
They mentioned to «Emirates Today», that they are currently working on designing offers for internal tourism, in coordination with hotel establishments, noting that the precautionary measures will make Dubai the most popular tourist destination ready to receive tourists, in the event of the resumption of international air transport, and countries open their airspace to Air traffic.
They explained that domestic tourism accounts for between 25 and 30% of hotel occupancy rates in natural days, but it rises to about 50% during holidays and occasions.
In detail, Mohamed Jassim Al-Rayes, the executive vice president of Al-Rais Travel Company, said that "domestic tourism will play a role in the process of gradual recovery during the coming period, within the framework of the gradual return of this vital sector." Eid al-Fitr holiday, and received a remarkable demand.
He stated that «domestic tourism is a prominent and essential component in the success of the sector during the past years, and it accounts for a large occupancy rate among hotel establishments in various seasons», pointing out that «tourist destinations and facilities in Dubai in turn provide many entertainment options, which attract visitors always From inside and outside".
He continued: "The hotel market in Dubai is characterized by its large size, as it contains about 130 thousand rooms. Therefore, the internal tourism sector cannot just keep up with the available offer in the market," noting that "most visitors from the interior would prefer to go to resorts and beach hotels, which provide options Extensive entertainment, especially for families. ”
"With the return of air traffic, the market will continue to recover gradually," Al-Rayyis said. He added that «the company is currently working on designing offers for internal tourism, in coordination with hotel establishments», noting that «the tourism sector in the emirate has many of the ingredients that qualify it to return strongly, when appropriate conditions are available with the return of air transport, especially in light of the measures And the preparations they have taken to ensure the health and safety of the inmates and visitors. ”
For his part, the general manager of the Tamani Marina Hotel, Walid Al-Awa, said that "domestic tourism accounts for between 25 and 30% of hotel occupancy rates in natural days, but rises to about 50% during holidays and occasions in the local market." To "the domestic tourism sector is an essential and important tributary of the tourism sector in Dubai."
Al-Awa pointed out that "beach hotels started receiving noticeable reservations from the local market, especially during the weekend, while the performance of hotel apartments varies and achieves acceptable rates, because it usually attracts guests who stay for long periods of months."
He pointed out that «hotels whose locations are concentrated inside the city, will need to re-start tourism activity on the international level, whether for the purpose of entertainment, or business tourism», pointing out that «Dubai has unique tourism components, and it is among the list of the most visited cities in the world, and according to From that, it will acquire a large share of the global tourist movement once it resumes. ”
For his part, Director General of Belhasa Tourism Company, Narrows Sarkis, said that “the tourism sector in Dubai has taken many precautionary measures, within the framework of providing safety conditions for visitors and inmates, with the beginning of lifting restrictions gradually”, noting that “these measures will make the emirate The tourist destination is the most prepared to receive tourists, in the event of the resumption of international air transport, and countries open their airspace to air traffic ».
He added that «at the current stage, hotels rely on domestic tourism for a gradual recovery and reduce operating costs, pointing out that“ domestic tourism is a strong sector that is able to contribute to raising occupancy rates gradually, until the return of the international tourism movement. ” He stated that «the domestic tourism sector will be limited to the tourism of families in the first place, especially during the weekend».
Measures and mechanisms
Saeed Al-Abdi, president of the “Al-Abedi” Holding Company for Tourism and Travel, said that “Dubai has continued during the recent period to take many measures and mechanisms that enabled it to start resuming the economic movement, which reflects positively on the various economic sectors over time and during the coming period.”
He pointed out that "the strong recovery of the tourism sector in the emirate is closely related to the movement of international air transport and the opening of international borders, but that does not mean that it cannot take advantage of the opportunities available, especially with regard to domestic tourism."
He pointed out that "in light of the large number of hotel rooms available in the market, the establishments will resort to offering many promotional offers at reduced prices to attract the largest number of dealers", stressing that "promotional offers - always - play the most important role in raising demand levels" .
Al-Abdi stated that “the recovery process will be gradual linked to many factors, but early preparation qualifies the tourism sector in Dubai to take a prominent position with the resumption of tourism activity globally,” noting that “the tourism sector in Dubai is characterized by great flexibility in dealing with various challenges, in light of The great experiences and partnerships you own. ”
Domestic tourism spending
Data of the World Tourism and Travel Council estimated that the population of the Emirates spent on tourism and travel within the local market by about 43 billion dirhams during the past year, compared to 41.2 billion in the previous year, with a growth rate of about 4.32%, while the Council estimated the spending of international tourists inside the market Emirati women by about 146 billion dirhams in 2019, with a growth of 7.43%.