Dubai Tourism highlights the role of global hospitality partners in sector’s recovery

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has underscored the key role played by global hospitality partners in enhancing the city’s tourism recovery.

The Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Tourism, Mr. Issam Kazim, during a meeting with the General Managers of Marriott International hotels in Dubai, shared a positive overview of the sector underscored by the increase in international visitation and high occupancy levels in the first seven months of 2021.

Further, Mr. Kazim stressed the relevance of leveraging all efforts to attract more international visitors, especially benefiting from the Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The Dubai Tourism also stressed the need for hotels to use the Dubai Way online platform created by the Dubai College of Tourism, which is aimed at ensuring that hotel staff impart standardized information and instructions and provide exceptional guest relations.

The meeting also offered a brief overview of the marketing initiatives launched by Dubai Tourism in international markets including the latest global campaign, Dubai Presents featuring Hollywood stars Jessica Alba and Zac Efron, which was screened at the meeting. Following the launch of the first two cinematic trailers, Spy Action and RomCom, the campaign generated over 200 million views.

Issam Kazim
Issam Kazim
CEO – Dubai Tourism

“The growing industry momentum is the result of a robust strategy that was developed to manage the pandemic under the visionary leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. We are also heartened by the commitment of our stakeholders and partners like Marriott International to stay the course and convey to the world that Dubai remains open and safe for global travelers. We are proud of the enormous contribution hotels have made with their own strategies and initiatives in the true spirit of collaboration during these extraordinary circumstances, and we are also grateful to their support in ensuring that the industry enjoys continued success.”

Mr. Sandeep Walia, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East, Marriott International said, “All signs show there is a huge pent-up demand for travel and we believe Dubai will continue to be a top destination for tourism, especially with the upcoming Expo 2020. We are honored to be a part of the growth of this amazing destination and remain committed to supporting the efforts of Dubai Tourism.”

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