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THE ECONOMY - TOURISM

Tourism next only to oil in Arab world

Posted on 03/03/2003

The travel and tourism industry in the Arab region represents an annual economy valued at more than US$60 billion which makes it the largest sector after oil, according to a report by the Travel Wire News. The World Tourism Organisation estimates that the region will generate more than 60 million travellers by the year 2020, a significant increase from 2002 level of 20 million travellers who spent over US$29 billion, according to a report in "Gulf News." The impact of the September 11 attacks ...  >>MORE

Dubai eyes cruise tourism hub status

Posted on 27/02/2003

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is negotiating with some prominent cruise ship operators to position their vessels in the Gulf using Dubai as the regional winter hub and offer packages for the region's destinations, officials confirmed. If everything works out as planned, the Gulf can see a dedicated cruise ship selling packages as early as next year, said Awadh Al Seghayer, DTCM manager, heritage sites and events, who is also coordinating the cruise activities in Dubai. ...  >>MORE

DTCM receives positive response at FESPO 2003

Posted on 09/02/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) stand, entertained a large number of positive queries from enormous number of serious visitors at the Holidays, Sports and Leisure exhibition called FESPO 2003, which was held in Zurich Switzerland. DTCM Executive Overseas Promotions, Khalifa Buamaim said that event, which had 650 exhibitors aimed at dissemination of information and exchange of ideas on varied matters including holidays, sports and leisure. "We received about ...  >>MORE

Cruise tourism sector set for robust growth

Posted on 04/02/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, said the Middle East has huge potential for commercial shipping and cruise tourism. "Dubai and the UAE are already established as a major strategic hub for container operations and as a regional centre for ship management and a wide diversity of maritime service infrastructure, ship-repair and ship supply, ship classification and maritime law," Sheikh Mohammed said in a message to over 400 delegates ...  >>MORE

Visitors to Dubai soar 25pc

Posted on 04/02/2003

The number of visitors to Dubai increased by 25 per cent last year compared with the previous year, said a senior government official. Last year, 4.5 million visitors came to Dubai, 25 per cent more than 3.6 million visitors in 2001, said Khalid Ahmed bin Sulayem, director-general of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). This year, DTCM would like to see even more visitors in Dubai. "Our aim is to have 15 million visitors by 2010," he said. To achieve this goal, Dubai must ...  >>MORE

An insider's guide to the UAE : First-ever tour company run by UAE national women

Posted on 16/01/2003

They all say the same thing, these young UAE national women who start their new company yesterday. We will form a unique tour company, they promise, a firm that will show the tourists the real UAE, not just malls and desert safaris. Ten students taking the higher diploma in travel and tourism at the Dubai Women's College - the first such batch among all the Higher Colleges of Technology - have come together to form a tour company, Al Tawasel. This will provide the connection to our heritage and ...  >>MORE

DCA inks deal with CNBC Europe

Posted on 15/01/2003

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Department of Civil Aviation, DCA, and Chairman of the Emirates Group yesterday signed a joint agreement with CNBC Europe to launch and exciting advertising campaign to promote Dubai as a leading business and leisure destination. The key objective of this campaign titled – "Why Dubai?” is to communicate the commercial and leisure benefits of re-locating to Dubai to business leaders of the world's largest and most influential companies. The ...  >>MORE

Jordan woos UAE visitors

Posted on 02/01/2003

Emirates Holidays and Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) are joining hands to launch a new campaign early next year to encourage more tourists from the UAE to Jordan. The effort is to promote Jordan as a family-friendly destination and showcase its rich variety of travel attractions; "The Gulf Today” quoted an official release as having said on yesterday. The move comes as Jordan reports a sharp rise in GCC visitors in the past year, with Emirates Holidays now bringing in a substantial number of ...  >>MORE

Dubai, Manila close to tourism promotion deal

Posted on 13/12/2002

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT), if finalised, would lead to the development of a viable tourism promotion programme, said Jose Arthur Ampeso, Consul General and Charge d' Affaires at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. Ampeso said that the DTCM had first broached the idea of an MoU to be concluded with the DOT of the Philippine government. The MoU proposal from the ...  >>MORE

Travel guides give Dubai pride of place

Posted on 25/11/2002

Dubai now features as a major destination in the brochures of international tour operators, with the emirate's attractions warranting at least 10 pages of information coverage. Ibrahim Ahli, Manager Overseas Promotions of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said that "the days are past when Dubai received a mere two or three pages of mention in a travel brochure." Overseas tour operators in major markets such as France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK now commit themselves to ...  >>MORE

Dubai's tourism industry featured in Cambridge varsity textbook

Posted on 13/11/2002

A case study of Dubai's tourism industry and the phenomenal rise of the destination form the basis of the core module in a textbook published by the Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. The book was officially released by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Director Operations and Marketing, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb on the Dubai stand at World Travel Market in London yesterday. Speaking to the media in London, bin Hareb said, "The fact that we have been ...  >>MORE

DTCM receives award at WTM

Posted on 12/11/2002

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) started the World Travel Market in London by winning the award of "Best UK-based tourist office promoting the Middle East" from the prestigious publication Selling Long Haul. Accepting the award on the Dubai stand at WTM, DTCM director operations and marketing, Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb said, "This is a hat-trick of victories for the department as we have won this award for the third consecutive time since 2000." "Dubai has ...  >>MORE

Dubai sees over 5m tourists next year

Posted on 04/11/2002

Dubai is expected to host in excess of five million tourists by next year, up from 4.5 million guests staying with the hotels and hotel apartments during this year, a senior government official said yesterday. Addressing a Press conference to announce the selection of Dubai as the venue for the 2003 summer programme of Thomas Cook AG-Neckermann Reisen of Germany, Khalid A bin Sulayem, Director General of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said Dubai played host to over 3.6 ...  >>MORE

Dubai's tourism growth on right track: says DTCM Chief

Posted on 16/10/2002

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) officials chalked out a comprehensive and exhaustive marketing strategy aimed at promoting Dubai in a high level meeting held recently with the representatives of Dubai tourism and service industry at the department's Head Office. DTCM Director General, Khalid A. bin Sulayem, who chaired the meeting, acknowledged the support and co-operation of private sectors in generating visitors' traffic in the emirate and lauded the growth of ...  >>MORE

Al Ain to build Middle East's first city brand

Posted on 13/10/2002

The Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority has signed a contract with an international firm to create a 'city brand' to promote Al Ain as a tourist destination around the world. This will be the region's first ever city brand, helping Al Ain to appear on the world map of tourist destinations and complement the country's existing tourism offering, said a spokesmen of the authority. The authority has signed the contract with Landor Associates, an international brand and ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourist figures may exceed 4 million

Posted on 29/09/2002

More than four million tourists are expected to visit Dubai this year, predicts the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). If four million tourists come to Dubai for holidays this year, a new record will be set for the emirate. And it appears that the prediction could come true as Dubai has just had its most successful summer season. During the hottest months of the year, more than 400,000 tourists from neighbouring GCC states visited the emirate, says a report released by the ...  >>MORE

Jebel Hafit turning into a tourist resort

Posted on 24/09/2002

The rough undulating range in the foothills of Jebel Hafit, the UAE's highest mountain, is taking the shape of a beautiful tourist resort under a development project. Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department, Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Authority and the Forest Department at the Office of the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region are involved in the project, said the "Gulf News” in a report. The main multi-million dirham project to build a resort and a golf club with ...  >>MORE

Big growth in overseas tour operators selling Dubai packages

Posted on 10/09/2002

Following substantial growth in the number of overseas tour operators offering Dubai packages, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has called a meeting of its 15 overseas representative offices to raise the benchmark further. "We have had a year on growth of 6.04 per cent in the number of hotel establishment guests in 2001 and the number of overseas tour operators currently (2001-2002) selling Dubai packages in major markets has gone up by 4.32 per cent,” said DTCM Director ...  >>MORE

Dalma Island to emerge as regional tourist spot

Posted on 02/09/2002

Dalma Island in the western region of Abu Dhabi is undergoing a multi-million dirhams redevelopment plan which aims at transforming it into a regional tourist attraction. According to Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department, the island, which is located around 180km west of Abu Dhabi, has been selected along with nine other settlements in rural areas for redevelopment as tourist centres ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to boost Dubai tourism sector

Posted on 19/08/2002

With the addition of new routes recently, Emirates Airlines is set to contribute significantly in the development of the Dubai tourism sector, according to a senior official. +The addition of new routes was in line with the directives of Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence to open up new avenues and boost the Dubai tourism industry+ said Gaith Al Gaith, Executive Director for Commercial operations at the Emirates. Accordingly, the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi spends over DH 4 billion in tourism projects

Posted on 14/08/2002

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has spent over four billion dirhams last year in tourism projects. A sum of Dh4.5 billion was apportioned among various tourism projects, with Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company (ADNHC) spending Dh700 m and Rotana Hotel Group Dh. 1.2 billion, according to Saeed bin Jabr Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Federation of Commerce and Industry Chambers. " An amount of Dh2.4 billion is being expended on Abu Dhabi Airport expansion project which will be completed in the year 2020. ...  >>MORE

DTCM moots tourism for disabled

Posted on 06/08/2002

The commercial potential of disabled tourism in Dubai is immense, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) which held a meeting of the Travel and Tourism Group in Dubai yesterday and discussed the potential of further increasing tourism for the disabled and methods of developing this potential to the fullest. Issues discussed during the meeting included further removal of physical barriers, adequate training of staff and marketing of Dubai as a city that cares. ...  >>MORE

DTCM achieves transfer to ISO 9001:2000 rating

Posted on 04/08/2002

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has achieved a transfer to ISO 9001:2000 rating in July 2002 following an external audit by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA). He noted that the DTCM has maintained a strong commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, accomplished with strict assurance standards and outstanding service. "We recognise the right of customers to not only expect quality but to demand quality. Quality is central to our strategy for ...  >>MORE

Dubai's status as most favoured incentive destination to be further developed

Posted on 25/07/2002

A comprehensive annual "Trends and Spends" survey conducted by the UK's "Meetings & Incentive Travel" magazine in June 2002 has ranked Dubai as the number one long haul city/state/resort in the world in 2001 , according to a press release issued here by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). "Dubai has the facilities and services to compete with the best in the world and the results of this survey have established our success as an ideal incentive venue," said the DTCM ...  >>MORE

DTCM steps up tourism drive in world media

Posted on 21/07/2002

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has stepped up its international advertising in the print media for the second half of the year with an extensive campaign covering Dubai's major travel origin markets. The campaign covers more than 120 leading trade and consumer publications across Dubai's leading travel origin markets including the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, East Africa, South Africa, India ...  >>MORE

DTCM's versatile way of promoting Dubai

Posted on 16/07/2002

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has produced a 12-minute film on digital versatile disc (DVD) to promote the emirate's attractions as a tourist destination, targeting the international travellers. The short film is titled Discover Dubai - The True Arabian Experience and will mainly be used to introduce Dubai and its tourist attractions to international travellers. Commenting on new film, DTCM Director General, Khalid bin Sulayem, said: "The DVD will portray ...  >>MORE

Dubai will attract 15 million visitors by 2010

Posted on 14/07/2002

Dubai would be able to attract 15 million visitors, tourists and businessmen per annum by 2010, said the Chairman of Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Dubai Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Ahmed, in an exclusive statement to Al Khaleej, said the strategic plans implemented by the government in many vital sectors have lifted Dubai's competitiveness as a regional business centre. He said the many initiatives by the government including the Palm Island project, will make Dubai ...  >>MORE

UAE tourism registers positive growth in 2001: EIB study

Posted on 02/07/2002

The UAE tourism industry managed to register a positive growth in 2001 despite a serious regional downturn because of the September, 2001 turbulence, but the tendency of the tourism industry as a whole to be prone to steep swings in the short term necessitates strong contingency planning to face the possibility of short term blips, rather than react only on the onset of a crisis, said a new study on "Growth in the tourism industry” by the Emirates Industrial Bank, EIB. The EIB report said ...  >>MORE

Australian holidaymakers to UAE may rise to 80,000: UAE envoy

Posted on 27/06/2002

Canberra - The UAE has become an attractive tourist destination for Australian holidaymakers, UAE ambassador here said. Khalifa Al Falasi told a UAE-Australian investment seminar that a total of 32,000 Australians had visited the UAE over the past five years and the figure is expected to rise to 80,000 following the Emirates Airline announcement to run in August a flight to Berth, capital of West Australia State. The Airline is currently operating two flights to Sydney and Melbourne. ' The UAE ...  >>MORE

DTCM plans central ticketing system

Posted on 24/06/2002

DUBAI'S Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is planning to install a central ticketing reservation system connecting its network of Visitor Information Bureaux (VIBs) at the airport and in the city. The DTCM is at present negotiating with software companies on the best and most feasible system which will enable the VIBs to offer, book and sell tickets on the spot for events and activities happening around Dubai. Last week, the DTCM set up four additional VIBs at Dubai ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourism to scale new heights

Posted on 05/06/2002

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates airline, said Dubai will try in the coming ten years to attract 10 to 15 million visitors. The aircraft deals during the air show and infrastructure developments are expected to give a boost to Dubai's tourism sector. Dubai hotels last year received more than 3.6 million guests, registering a growth of more than 6 per cent over the previous year, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and ...  >>MORE

Decline in outbound UAE tourism to US

Posted on 31/05/2002

As expected, the outbound tourism from the UAE to the United States, has fallen victim to the post-September 11 scenario around the world as this month figures from the US Embassy registered a whopping 41 per cent decline in the tourist visa applications at the start of the holiday season, "Khaleej Times” reported yesterday. The terrorist attacks on the US last September which triggered a backlash against Muslims in the US could possibly be the only reason for this decline. Last year between ...  >>MORE

DTCM opens office in Zurich

Posted on 27/05/2002

The Dubai Department of Tour-ism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) office in Zurich was opened by Mohammed Khamis bin Hareb, its director for operations and marketing, on Friday. It is the department's 15th office worldwide and the sixth in Europe. "The new office will target the Swiss and Austrian markets to develop stronger ties with the trade and travel community," said bin Hareb. Last year, Dubai's hotels received more than 3.6 million guests and 26 per cent of them were from Europe. The ...  >>MORE

DTCM's Geneva office by August

Posted on 23/05/2002

The Government of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said that a dedicated Dubai Convention Bureau would be fully operational by Aug.1 during a press briefing at the Palexpo Exhibition Centre in Geneva on Wednesday, where the emirate is participating with a 300 square metre stand at the EIBTM. DTCM Director Operations and Marketing Mohammed Khamis Bin Hareb said, "The directives of setting up this bureau were issued by General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Hotels strive for excellence following rating by DTCM

Posted on 14/05/2002

The classification system introduced by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) for hotels and hotel apartments has contributed enormously towards improving the facilities and standards of service offered to the guests at all the properties in Dubai, officials said. The department said all the existing 403 properties have now been classified and their ratings are being monitored on a regular basis. Khalid A. bin Sulayem, Director-General of DTCM, said there was a "fair" growth ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi gears up for more tourist inflow

Posted on 10/05/2002

Hotels in Abu Dhabi are preparing for an upswing in tourism industry, which is expected to increase due to numerous exhibitions, cultural events and opening of several multinational businesses in the region. Many hotels in the capital are undergoing renovation in order to keep pace with the increased demand. According to hoteliers, due to the inherent strength of the UAE tourism industry the hotel occupancy was able to withstand the September 11 effect and the industry started to pick up by ...  >>MORE

Dubai tourism unhurt by global recession

Posted on 25/04/2002

Despite the global recession and September 11 developments that derailed the tourism bandwagon in most parts of the world, the hospitality industry in Dubai recorded a 6.04 per cent growth in 2001 with hotels and hotel apartments playing host to 3.62 million guests as against 3.42 million guests in the previous year. The statistics released by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) revealed a 1.61 per cent decline in the number of guests from the US. A total of 84,697 US ...  >>MORE

Dubai wins award at travel fair in Moscow

Posted on 11/04/2002

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) received the 'Most Innovative Destination' award on behalf of Dubai at the recently concluded Moscow International Travel and Tourism Fair (MITT) in Russia. "We are delighted at winning this most recent accolade from the organisers of the event, ITE Exhibitions, who organise more than 230 exhibitions around the world in over 25 countries and are a leading exhibition and conference organiser,” said DTCM Director General, Khalid A. bin ...  >>MORE

Promoting the UAE around the world

Posted on 02/04/2002

Emirates Travellers held a presentation about their trips and achievements in promoting the UAE around the world at the Dubai Women's College (DWC). Emirates Travellers were invited to deliver the presentation by a group of six students from the Travel and Tourism Major Higher Diploma Year Two on Sunday. Mohammed bin Naseeb Al Amry, financial coordinator of the group, Ahmad bin Sulayem, a businessman, and Mansour Al Habtour, represented the group at the college and they presented their ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to market tourism in Berlin

Posted on 12/03/2002

Shajarh will aggressively market its tourism potential when its team participates in the ITB fair in Berlin from March 16 to 20. Mohammed Ali Al Noman, Director of Marketing and Communications in the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), said the team comprising government representatives, hotels, tourism and travel agencies will be led by the SCTDA Chairman Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qasimi. This is the fourth time that Sharjah is participating in this fair. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi travel sector limps back to normalcy

Posted on 10/03/2002

Hit by recession and the September 11 effects, Abu Dhabi's travel and tourism industry is limping back to normalcy, even as efforts are on to infuse professionalism and fair play. Majority of the 190 travel agencies making up the Travel and Tourism Agencies Committee (TTAC), set up last year, are making concerted efforts to give the trade a boost and adhere to prescribed norms. John Roucos, secretary general said, after the committee's first annual meeting, that the travel trade in Abu ...  >>MORE

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Tourism next only to oil in Arab world


Dubai eyes cruise tourism hub status


DTCM receives positive response at FESPO 2003


Cruise tourism sector set for robust growth


Visitors to Dubai soar 25pc


An insider's guide to the UAE : First-ever tour company run by UAE national women


DCA inks deal with CNBC Europe


Jordan woos UAE visitors


Dubai, Manila close to tourism promotion deal


Travel guides give Dubai pride of place


Dubai's tourism industry featured in Cambridge varsity textbook


DTCM receives award at WTM


Dubai sees over 5m tourists next year


Dubai's tourism growth on right track: says DTCM Chief


Al Ain to build Middle East's first city brand


Dubai tourist figures may exceed 4 million


Jebel Hafit turning into a tourist resort


Big growth in overseas tour operators selling Dubai packages


Dalma Island to emerge as regional tourist spot


Emirates set to boost Dubai tourism sector


Abu Dhabi spends over DH 4 billion in tourism projects


DTCM moots tourism for disabled


DTCM achieves transfer to ISO 9001:2000 rating


Dubai's status as most favoured incentive destination to be further developed


DTCM steps up tourism drive in world media


DTCM's versatile way of promoting Dubai


Dubai will attract 15 million visitors by 2010


UAE tourism registers positive growth in 2001: EIB study


Australian holidaymakers to UAE may rise to 80,000: UAE envoy


DTCM plans central ticketing system


Dubai tourism to scale new heights


Decline in outbound UAE tourism to US


DTCM opens office in Zurich


DTCM's Geneva office by August


Hotels strive for excellence following rating by DTCM


Abu Dhabi gears up for more tourist inflow


Dubai tourism unhurt by global recession


Dubai wins award at travel fair in Moscow


Promoting the UAE around the world


Sharjah to market tourism in Berlin


Abu Dhabi travel sector limps back to normalcy