India retains top spot as source market for Dubai in 2017
Dubai witnessed 15 percent growth in tourist arrivals from India in 2017, hosting 2.1 million visitors, retaining top spot as the source market.
It also became the first country to cross the 2 million mark in a single year, according to the latest data published by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).
The growth is mainly due to the success of DubaiTourism's ongoing collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the 'BeMyGuest' campaign.
Overall, Dubai recorded 6.2 percent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, propelling the emirate's momentum towards its 2020 goal of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade.
India was followed by Saudi Arabia (KSA) in the second place, contributing a total of 1.53 million tourists last year. UK at number three delivered 1.27 million travellers, rising 2 percent over 2016.
Dubai Tourism director general- Helal Saeed Almarri
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