Dubai Sees 7.5% Increase in Irish Visitors for Q3

Dubai Sees 7.5% Increase in Irish Visitors for Q3

The latest figures from Dubai Tourism show that Irish visitor numbers to Dubai have continued to increase in quarter three of 2013. The growth follows the success of the first six months of 2013 which showed that Ireland is a rapidly growing source market for Dubai.

Looking very happy at WTM with the increase in Irish visitors were Ingrid Aagesenand Ian Scott.

Looking very happy at WTM with the increase in Irish visitors were Ingrid Aagesen and Ian Scott

The total number of Irish visitors to Dubai is up 7.5% in quarter three of 2013 compared to the same period last year. A total of 9,084 Irish guests stayed in Dubai in quarter three of 2013 versus 8,450 in 2012, illustrating Dubai’s continued growth in popularity as a holiday hotspot for Irish visitors. For the full year through to the end of September 2013, this represents a 14% increase in Irish visitors to the emirate.

The average length of stay between July and September was 6.3 nights, the highest it has been all year. Peaking at an average of over seven nights in August, this indicates that many visitors took advantage of the holiday deals to Dubai during the summer.

Dubai is currently served by served direct flights per week from Dublin with Emirates.

Ian Scott, UK & Ireland Director, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said: “Dubai continues to be a popular holiday destination with over 32,000 Irish visitors this year to date – a 14% increase on last year. This rise is extremely encouraging and is in line with our recently announced Vision for 2020.”

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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