Dubai tourism records 148 percent growth from 1996-2002
Dubai’s tourism industry recorded a 148 percent growth receiving over 21 million guests between 1996 and 2002, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
The total number of hotel guests in the emirate went up from 1.918 million in the 1996 to 4.756 million in 2002. The number of visitors from the UK posted a 306 percent growth in seven year's period from 110,045 to 447,006. Similarly, France registered an increase of 286 percent from 16,284 in 1996 to 62,767 in 2002.
Germany witnessed a 257 percent increase, from 47,962 in 1996 to 171,140 visitors in 2002. A 173 per cent rise was recorded in guests from Italy, from 11,910 in 1996 to 32, 534 in 2002 and Scandinavia recorded a 68 percent increase during this period, from 22,880 to 38,326 visitors.
The number of visitors from the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) countries jumped significantly during this period, posting a 164 percent growth. The number of AGCC hotel guests increase from 400,394 in 1996 to 1.06 million in 2002. — (menareport.com)
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