International tourists are extending their hotel reservations ... and the decision on "tourist visas" strengthens their confidence
Dubai is the first destination for international visitors during the "Christmas" and "New Year" holidays.
Dubai International provides direct connections to many international destinations.
Photography: Ashok Verma
Officials in the hospitality, tourism and travel sector confirmed that the current indications indicate that Dubai is at the forefront of tourist destinations around the world, during the "Christmas" and "New Year" holidays, due to the travel procedures for international tourists, including the "Covid-19" checks. », And the insurance coverage provided by the national carriers.
They revealed, to Emirates Today, that some international tourists have extended their reservations, up to two full weeks, in light of their desire to spend more time in Dubai, noting that the confirmed reservations, during January 2021, are very promising.
And they considered the decision to extend tourist visas for a full month free of charge, finally, to enhance the confidence of international visitors in the emirate, pointing out that European countries in general were at the forefront of the most prominent destinations for visitors to Dubai during this December.
They explained that the rapid recovery phase of the hotel sector in Dubai has already begun in light of its great tourist attraction, and the provision of exceptional facilities for visitors at all times.
In detail, the Executive Vice President of "Al Rayes Travel Company - Al Rayes Group", Mohammed Jassim Al Rayes, said that the current indications indicate that Dubai is at the forefront of tourist destinations around the world, during the Christmas and New Year holidays, in relation to international visitors, pointing out that the movement Tourism witnessed an accelerated recovery during this December, despite the circumstances imposed by the "Covid-19" pandemic.
Al-Rayyes added that Dubai has always been on the list of the most prominent and largest tourist destinations during the past years, but in light of the closures that affected many other prominent destinations due to the current "Covid-19" pandemic, we expect Dubai to occupy the first place in the world in terms of Tourism flow rates for international visitors, regardless of domestic tourism indicators.
He pointed out that Dubai provides many facilities for travel procedures for international tourists, including tests for "Covid-19" and the insurance coverage provided by national carriers, stressing that the decision to extend tourist visas for a full month for free finally enhances the confidence of international visitors, that even If borders were closed in some countries, they could spend more time on their tourist trips.
Al Rayyes stated that Dubai International, which is the largest airport in the world in terms of the number of international travelers, provides direct connections to many international destinations, pointing to the role that national airlines play in facilitating travel from various countries.
He pointed out that European countries in general, such as: Britain, France and Germany, were at the forefront of the most prominent destinations for visitors to Dubai during the Christmas and New Year holidays, as well as Russia and America, and other destinations.
In turn, the General Manager of Al-Awadi Travel Company, Amin Al-Awadi, said that all the figures indicate that Dubai is the first tourist destination in the world during the current holiday season, pointing out that international tourism has achieved great signs of recovery during the recent period.
Al-Awadi stated that a large part of hotels achieved occupancy rates that exceeded 90% during the Christmas holidays, and reached 100% during the New Year holidays, pointing out that international tourism played a major role in achieving these indicators, in a way that contributes to the gradual recovery from the effects of the pandemic.
In the same context, the regional director of the "Hyatt Hotels Group" in Dubai and the general manager of the "Grand Hyatt" Hotel, Fathi Khojaly, said that the group, which operates 17 hotel establishments in Dubai, achieved hotel occupancy rates ranging between 90 and 100% during New Year's Eve. Noting that the overall performance, during December 2020, was the best ever since Dubai's decision to reopen its doors to international tourism last July.
Khojaly pointed out that 70% of the guests of the hotel facilities of the group, and 75% of the guests of the "Grand Hyatt" in Dubai, are international visitors, compared to 25% of domestic tourism, pointing out that foreign markets include: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Russia. And others.
Khojaly stressed that Dubai is at the forefront of tourism destinations around the world, during the Christmas and New Year holidays, indicating that the rapid recovery phase of the hotel sector in Dubai has already begun, in light of its great tourist attraction, and the provision of exceptional facilities for visitors always.
Khojaly explained that Dubai currently provides several components that qualify it to be the fastest growing and recovering, during the coming period, compared to other tourist destinations around the world, indicating that the sector has adopted preventive measures with international standards, as well as easy access to it through direct connection flights provided by carriers. Wataniya, the various airlines, in addition to being a popular entertainment destination, provide various tourist experiences that suit the various requirements of visitors.
He stressed that these factors enhance Dubai's tourist attractiveness and the levels of confidence of visitors who go to Dubai, with protocols related to securing tourists from the moment they arrive until the end of the holiday, and they leave the airport, pointing out that the emirate also provides high-quality medical services and facilities for visitors' checks, and others. It is one of the facilities that help them spend their holidays in an atmosphere of tranquility.
In addition, Munther Darwish, Executive Director of the Hotel "Palazzo Versace Dubai" and founder of "Palazzo Hospitality", said that "according to the available data and indicators, Dubai is the first tourist destination in the world in terms of the number of international visitors," stressing that the tourism sector in Dubai continues to recover and recover rapidly.
He added that many hotels achieved full occupancy rates during this period, with the support of international and domestic tourism as well, which are very good indicators, pointing out that some international tourists have extended their reservations, up to two full weeks, in light of their desire to spend more time in Dubai.
Darwish revealed that international visitors from Britain and India, as well as other international markets, top the hotel’s guest list during this period, noting that confirmed reservations for the next month at the start of the new year are very promising.
He said that 99% of the activities are available and available in Dubai, unlike other tourist destinations around the world, as part of preventive measures and measures to ensure the safety of residents and tourists alike, pointing out that the hotel sector, as well as travel facilities, including the airport, airlines, High safety standards are applied, enhancing confidence levels among those wishing to visit Dubai.
Facilities to attract visitors
Facilities to attract visitors
Tourism expert, Riad Al-Faisal, said that the international tourism movement has witnessed a gradual recovery, since Dubai opened its doors to tourists again last July, pointing out that the percentage of reservations recorded a significant increase during the past few months, right up to the Christmas and New Year period, Dubai is thus at the forefront of destinations around the world.
He added that Dubai provided a lot of facilities, which contributed to attracting visitors, while maintaining safety standards under these circumstances, stressing that this contributed to raising hotel occupancy rates by very large rates, and it is expected that they will witness growth during the coming period from various markets, Including the markets of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
A prominent destination during the holidays
A prominent destination during the holidays
The General Manager of Tamani Marina Hotel, Walid Al-Awa, said that about 50% of the hotel’s guests, during New Year’s Eve, came from international markets, pointing out that hotels achieved strong occupancy rates, with the support of international tourism.
He stressed that Dubai is a prominent tourist destination, during events and holidays.
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