Almost 120,000 Chinese tourists will be visiting the UAE over the upcoming Lunar New Year. This is expected to fill 240 large 500-room hotels – and Dubai’s tourist attractions are expected to be busy as well.
the UAE is among the top 20 most popular Chinese New Year destinations and its holidays to Abu Dhabi and Dubai was sold out a month ago.
The Chinese New Year, which takes place this year from February 16, marks the start of a two week holiday period. Millions of Chinese tourists take trips, both at home and abroad.
The UAE’s safety and a respect for cultural traditions, a reasonable 7-10 hour flight time, the recent introduction of visas on arrival for Chinese guests, plentiful supply of high-quality hotels and shopping malls with specially-trained staff and a range of sufficiently exotic cultural attractions, as well as local efforts to mark the Chinese New Year, are boosting the country’s magnetism as a preferred destination for the Chinese.
some 154 million Chinese tourists are expected to travel abroad in 2018, going up to 244 million by 2022.
Collectively, the GCC countries are attracting almost 2 percent of China’s total outbound tourism market, and are expected to host a total of 2.5 million visitors per year by 2021.
the number of Chinese visitors has grown by 46 percent in the past year, ranking the 5th in the list of its top 10 source markets.
While Chinese travellers are still attracted by safe destinations offering visas on arrival and high-quality hotels and shopping, a large number of them are seeking authentic experiences and staying away from lavish shopping sprees.
By Latifa Zenaina