Supporting Hospitality, Travel and Tourism

The Hospitality, Travel and Tourism sector is run on average every 6-8 weeks. We cover a wide range of topics and involve industry professionals to deliver keynote speeches and presentations on the various topics.This sector is open to all IBN members who have an interest in the HTT industry and would like to get involved in the sector. International Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest industries, supporting 284 million jobs worldwide and generating 9.8% of global GDP. Travel & Tourism is a key component of Dubai’s economy with at least 25% of Dubai’s GDP generated by the industry.

Dubai has cemented its ranking as the fourth most visited city in the world, delivering the highest value to the domestic economy with its No. 1 ranking in terms of spend per tourist compared to any other competitor destination.

As of February 2017, 47 countries exempted from the UAE entry visa requirements which facilitates international arrivals.

In 2016, 14.9 million tourists visited Dubai, with MENA, Europe and South Asia being its main source markets. Dubai has a portfolio of almost 700 hotels and hotel apartments, with more than 100,000 rooms across different sectors of accommodation.

Dubai International Airport is the world’s number one hub for international passengers by registering annual traffic of just over 83.6 million in 2016. 100 airlines connect Dubai International to more than 240 destinations around the world.

Dubai is a home base to Emirates, the world’s largest international passenger airline, operating an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet of more than 250 aircraft. Emirates has a wide route network connecting more than 150 destinations.

Recently, major international theme parks opened in Dubai. Theme park attendance is expected to touch 19 million by 2020 up from 3.7 million in 2015.

In 2020, Dubai will host the World Expo which will attract 25 million visitors. 70% of all visitors are expected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history.

20 million international tourists are expected to visit Dubai in 2020. The hotel room inventory of the emirate will increase to 140,000, with more than 300 hotels and hotel apartment establishments in the active pipeline. Dubai’s vibrant Travel & Tourism will continue to stimulate infrastructure development, education and employment in Dubai and in the wider region.

Sector Head
Aidan Dempsey

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