Demand for tours to the UAE, which noticeably intensified last year, when visa formalities were abolished for Russian tourists, continues this year. However, if the UAE last winter showed the most robust growth (53.7% in 2017 compared to the previous year), there are fears that this winter will not be able to achieve such success.
Russia will remain one of the leading source markets for the UAE, as well as for other countries of the Persian Gulf. And by 2023 the Russian market will grow by 125% from 933,000 in 2018 to 2.1 million. As a result, Russian tourists will be able to “provide” another 2.9 million additional hotel rooms. Such an assessment was presented by experts of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain.
According to the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing of the Government of Dubai (DTCM), for the first six months of this year, 405,000 Russian tourists visited Dubai, which is 74% more than in the same period of the last year. This is the most significant growth among the abroad markets of Dubai. For comparison, the tourist flow from China grew by only 7%.
“In the winter season Qatar can become an alternative for the United Arab Emirates which are popular among Russian tourists. Since September 17, Intourist tour operator is offering Russian passengers package tours to Doha by regular flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg”, - reported press - service of the tour operator.
"Departures to the capital of the country - Doha will be carried out daily from Moscow and St. Petersburg by regular flights of various airlines. The tour operator offers both beach and sightseeing tours lasting from three days", - added the report.
According to the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing of the Government of Dubai (DTCM), in the first six months of this year 405,000 Russian tourists visited Dubai, which is 74% more than in the same period of the last year. This is the most significant growth among incoming markets in Dubai. For comparison, the tourist flow from China grew by only 7%.
Such a significant increase of the tourist flow to UAE began from last year, when the visa regime for tourists from Russia was simplified. Later this year, the visa regime between the two countries was canceled.
“United Arab Emirates Ras al-Khaimah is the second best in popularity among the Russian tourists. The first is Dubai”, - said the Director General of Tourism Development Department of the Emirate of Haitham Mattar at the "Leisure" exhibition.
According to tour operators, the summer tourist flow to UAE has increased this year in three - four times - said the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) on Friday.
According to tourist industry’s representatives, the closure of Egypt and Turkey affects on the demand. The increase of sales to United Arab Emirates in 3-4 times was noted in the company "PAKS". Tourists booked whether budget city hotels or expensive. For example - on the Palm Jumeirah, many couples choose Fujairah.
Almost all major Russian tour operators have reduced the volume of outgoing tourism. The reductions mainly affected regional programs, meanwhile the tourist flow from Moscow is almost on the same level, as the survey conducted by Interfax Tourism shows.
The most popular destinations for May holidays among Russian travelers will be Turkey and Egypt, as the survey among tour operators conducted of Interfax-Tourism stated. Some of the companies also talk about decrease in numbers of tourists compared to last year.
"The drop in tourist flow during the May holidays compared with last year is about 25%", as PR department of tour operator Coral Travel said. The company said that the most popular destinations of May were Turkey and Egypt. The biggest demand in Turkey for these dates is fir hotels with good infrastructure.