Abu Dhabi – Mubasher: A number of directors of tourism and hospitality companies expressed their expectations that the UAE will benefit from the moment of Expo 2020 Dubai; This through the increase in the number of visitors and tourists, as well as the record of hotel attendance.
They explained that the facilitation of precautionary measures will be an important factor in reviving the tourist movement, increasing the frequency and attracting visitors and tourists from abroad; According to the Gulf newspaper.
Directors of tourism companies stated that the tourism sector in the country is on the verge of an active and large movement, taking advantage of the intensive media coverage of the exhibition activities worldwide and the desire of millions of people to visit the United Arab Emirates to learn about its advanced tourist facilities and quality services.
The Emirates destinations continue to improve their global position and are preparing for a new phase of growth, and Dubai was the biggest beneficiary of the influx of visitors to the major international event, and Dubai began to quickly reap the benefits of Expo 2020.
Dubai ranks first in the world among the best family vacation destinations in 2022; According to the travel insurance comparison page MyTrip.
Dubai scored high in five of the seven categories; Including area safety (10 °), quality of family attractions (10 °), weak sea current (9.75 °) and sea temperature (7.7 °).
Omar Al-Ali, CEO of Nirvana Tourism and Logistics Company, said: “Organizing and holding the events of Expo 2020 Dubai was a big challenge, especially with the organization of this international event that coincides with the pandemic that hit all countries of the world ; But the UAE amazed the whole world with the success of organizing and organizing the event, which showed that Dubai was able to exceed the imagination and expectations through this exhibition and I believe that the UAE has plans for the post-Expo period.
Al-Ali added: We look forward to witnessing an active tourism movement with the upcoming tourist season thanks to the momentum witnessed by the Dubai Expo The Dubai Expo area and buildings will also be used to host major international events, exhibitions and important events; This will greatly stimulate the tourism sector.
The aviation sector continues to grow and add more destinations; This means preparing for more visitors. National Airlines recorded 74,000 scheduled flights during the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 90% compared to nearly 39,000 flights in the first quarter of 2021, in another indicator of tourism growth and momentum.
Expo 2020 Dubai contributed to the recovery of the aviation sector in Dubai and the UAE, and the tourism movement activity in the country, in addition to major events and conferences organized by the country, which was reflected in the strong performance of the hotels. .
National airlines marked a gradual increase in the number of flights and the number of passengers since the resumption of flights in the country, and national airlines were able, thanks to their high flexibility, to cope professionally with the changes that are taking place in aviation. sector due to new epidemic strains that affected the closure of some markets; This prompted airlines to reschedule their flights to serve other markets and open up new markets they had not previously served.
The number of passengers in the country’s airports has exceeded 20 million during the first quarter (20.38 million), compared to 8.6 million passengers registered in the same period of 2021, an increase of 135%. Of the total number of passengers, the number of transit passengers through the country’s airports during the first three months of this year reached 6.94 million, an increase of 203%.
Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports achieved an increasing performance in terms of passenger numbers in 2021, registering more than 41.37 million passengers, an increase of 15.8% compared to 2020.
Noel Masoud, tourism expert, says: The reception of Expo 2020 Dubai is spread all over the world, whether in print, visual or audio press, or through social media and its advanced infrastructure.
The exhibition was an opportunity to visit the Emirates, to learn about its facilities and tourist and heritage sites, and to spend hotel nights; What contributed to the recovery of the tourism and hospitality sector in Dubai in particular and the UAE in general.
Masoud added: This gives support to the country’s tourism sector in the post-Expo phase. While all those who attended and participated, including country representatives and officials, conveyed a positive perception of what is happening at the exhibition, and this will encourage the tourism sector to reach a growth phase in the coming months and years. .
Ismail Ibrahim, General Manager of the Ramada Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, said: “All expectations are positive for the post-Expo phase, especially with the adoption of decisions regarding mitigation measures to limit the spread of the new Corona virus; Which will have a significant impact on increasing the movement and revitalization of the tourism sector, whether domestic tourism or foreign tourism and the arrival of groups and families in the country in conditions of average temperatures, as well as the introduction of tourism promotion programs. .
Ibrahim added: We are also moving towards a return to the pre-pandemic stage and beyond its effects on the tourism and hospitality sector; This predicts a strong tourism and hotel performance as well as high occupancy rates. This will stimulate tourist movement, especially during the upcoming spring break. ”
He stated that Expo has supported the hotel and tourism sector and has contributed to the increase in the number of hotels, despite its organization during the pandemic period. The state has taken adequate measures to limit the spread of the virus and to provide a safe visiting experience for visitors; Which helped organize the festivities, events and various activities that constituted an encouraging factor for the tourism sector in the country.
Wael Sinjed, General Manager of Palm Oasis Travel and Tourism, said the tourism sector is on a date with more tourism activity and growth in the post-Expo Dubai 2020 phase; This is according to what was recorded by the tourism sector in the UAE in 2021, and the country is considered one of the most distinguished and safest tourist destinations in the world.
He added, “It was clear the great moment created by the Dubai Expo and its important role in the recovery of the tourism sector; The exhibition attracted a large attendance from 190 countries and attracted visitors and participants of different nationalities; This contributed to promoting the tourism sector in Dubai and the country, and consolidating the UAE’s position as a global multicultural destination.
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