According to the latest data compiled by Expedia Group from the second quarter of 2019, the number of travellers visiting UAE from China has grown significantly. The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to rise by 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022, with a significant percentage choosing UAE and Dubai as their preferred holiday destination.
The data revealed that while travellers from the USA, the UK and France topped the list for overall demand into the country, travellers from China showed a robust 220% year on year growth in package demand compared to the same period last year, making up more than 5% share of total package demand. According to DCTCM, Dubai welcomed more than 290,000 Chinese visitors in the first three months of the year.
Factors contributing to this significant increase could be the result of initiatives Dubai government is taking to boost the tourism in the country. Earlier this year, Dubai Tourism signed an agreement with Huawei, one of China’s leading smartphone manufacturers, to offer useful and cinematographic content of Dubai. Other private and public sector collaborations on activities such as city-wide Chinese New Year celebrations, upskilling teams to be better able to cater to Chinese travellers’ requests, visa on arrival initiative for Chinese visitors and continued work with stakeholders and travel partners are just some of the undertakings by the Dubai Tourism Department over the past few years.
Commenting on the findings, Expedia Group senior director market management, Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Turkey Paula de Keijzer said: “As seen from this recent data, UAE continues to be a hotspot for international travellers and we are noticing high growth in demand from new countries and regions coming to visit UAE, which is very exciting. As part of Expedia Group® PartnerCentral, the suite technology tools available to lodging partners, we offer a free revenue management tool, Rev+, to inspire and convert travellers, set expectations, improve guest experience and drive repeat bookings. Dubai’s greatest competitive advantage in tourism is its ability to provide a world-class international hub for global air travellers.”
* All Expedia Group data is based on UAE hotel demand from Q2 2019 (April - June) compared with the same period from the previous year.