Britain and Ireland together remained the strongest European source markets to Dubai in 2002. The hotel and hotel apartment business recorded 454,378 visitors from these places.
The year on year growth in visitors from the UK and Ireland was 27.8 per cent in 2002, a significant increase when compared with the 15.6 per cent rise seen in 2001.
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's latest worldwide visitor statistics for 2002 demonstrate a staggering 31.1 per cent growth to exceed 4.7 million. This is the 14th consecutive annual rise with 447,006 of these visitors originating from the UK and 7,372 from Ireland.
A recent World Tourism Organization report stated that Dubai experienced the world's highest growth rate of international visitors during 2002 (31.1 per cent) and the destination received 0.7 per cent of the 715 million international tourists in that year.
Bärbel Kirchner, director of the UK and Ireland office of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said that the surge in demand is a reflection of Dubai's combination of the many and diverse attractions of a tourist destination with the facilities and services of one of the world's major international business centres.
With extensive product and infrastructure developments, ambitious - though realistic - long-term targets for worldwide visitor arrivals to Dubai are 15 million by 2010.
The emirate is now well-positioned and recognised as a destination in its own right, offering the visitor a complete and safe holiday experience, added Kirchner.
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.