The series of stakeholder meetings discussed the region’s standing as Dubai’s strongest volume generator (representing 20% of all tourists welcomed into the city) in the first eight months of the year, with its lead contributor, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), bringing in more than 1 million tourists as the second largest source market.Chaired by Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) CEO Issam Kazim, the meetings were held as part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to further enhancing collaboration with partners in traditional strongholds and emerging markets in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2022-2025. The delegation toured Kuwait, followed by Riyadh, and Jeddah, and included senior representatives from Expo 2020 who provided an update on major developments of the hugely anticipated event and explored effective collaborations in the lead up to a momentous year for the emirate. These partnerships aim to drive stronger destination appeal for target audiences across the GCC, particularly across the family segment and those visiting friends and families, as well as targeting emerging segments.
Commenting on the visit, Issam Kazim said: “Dubai continues to rank among the most popular destinations for holidaymakers from across the GCC, thanks to continued strength of the partnerships and deep-rooted stakeholder networks that exist between the city and the wider region. We aim to target further growth in every potential segment of this important market, from short stay and weekend breaks to longer vacations, especially families who are our key audience and make-up the majority of visitors from the GCC region.”During the visit, Kazim discussed citywide developments in Dubai’s hotel sector as well as showcasing new and exciting attractions and experiences, value propositions and the diverse retail and festivals sector across the city. A topic that was discussed during a successful round table hosted in Kuwait was Dubai Tourism’s future growth plans and marketing initiatives to further build on the existing synergies with trade partners to provide greater visibility for Dubai’s diverse offerings. The dialogue also explored key milestones as the city counts down to Expo 2020 Dubai with 12 months to go before it officially opens its doors.
Kazim added: “Increasing awareness of our evolving destination proposition through strategic programmes ensures we are able to remain ‘front-of-mind’ for travel to the emirate – especially for repeat visits which are a key focus for the GCC market. Meeting with the travel trade and local media remains a fundamental part of ensuring the emirate is promoted to our target audiences across the region. In doing so, we remain committed to aligning with our valued partners as Dubai works towards its vision of becoming the number one most visited city globally.”Dubai Tourism’s efforts to create targeted and customised experiences for GCC tourists is reflected in the Department’s always-on calendar of strategic activations, marketing campaigns and ongoing trade and business partnerships.