“For the first half of 2018 the Emirate hosted 405 thousand Russians, which is 74% higher than for the same period of the last year” - said Issam Kazim, The General manager of Dubai Tourism and Commercial Marketing Corporation during a press conference in Moscow.
The top manager noted that for the first time for eight years the growth rate is so significant. As he said, the tendency of increasing of demand was outlined several years ago. In 2016, Dubai was visited by 240 thousand tourists from Russia, which is 14% higher than the figures for 2015. And next year the growth was already 120%, when Dubai hosted 530 thousand Russian tourists.
Air carriers of Russia and Dubai are now optimistic about the winter season 2018/19, increasing the volume of transportation. So, from October 25, 2018 Emirates airline launches the third direct flight to Moscow. Aeroflot from October 29 will increase the frequency of flights Moscow-Dubai to four per day. Since October 29 this year, S7 Airlines plans to launch the third direct flight a week from Novosibirsk.
The frequency of charter flights of the largest tour operators (ANEX Tour, Coral Travel, TUI Russia and Biblio-Globus) will be increased in comparison with the last year.
"We are actively working with tour operators and are always ready to help them to solve problems. As for Natalie Tours operator, its withdrawal from the market will certainly be noticeable, but will not have a dramatic impact", - said Issam Kazim.
He stressed that many tourists from Russia think that the emirate is an extremely expensive direction. However, Dubai has something to offer and for budget tourist.
Issam Kazim recalled that there are about 700 hotels in the Emirate. Among them, 5-stars hotels - 107, 4-stars - 138. The rest of the hotel fund is represented by more budget hotels and apartments: from 1 to 3 stars.
In addition to cultural tourism, Dubai is developing an active leisure, gastronomic, wellness. All this, according to Issam Kazim, will help to achieve the goal: to increase the flow of tourists to 20 million in 2020.
Translater from atorus.ru
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.