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DTCM Honours Private And Public Sector Partners For Support Towards Opening Of New Cruise Terminal
(19 December 2010)
Ceremony attended by H.E. Khalid A. Bin Sulayem comes ahead of commencement of new marine tourism season. Highlights growth of Dubai as a marine tourism hub; from one ship carrying 703 passengers in 1993 to 135 ships carrying 375,000 passengers expected in 2011.


 

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has revealed that during the new marine tourism season in Dubai that is expected to last until June 2011, the Emirate will receive as many as 135 cruise ships bringing in a total of around 375,000 passengers. The upcoming season is the strongest marine tourism seasons in terms of the number of ships and passengers received.

Meanwhile, DTCM recently organised a ceremony at the new cruise terminal at Port Rashid where DTCM Director General H.E. Khalid Bin Sulayem honoured partners from the public and private sectors who have contributed in the opening of the new cruise terminal and also facilitated the inaugural cruise of the cruise ship ‘Costa Deliziosa’.

During the ceremony, Bin Sulayem said, “Ten years ago, more specifically in the year 2001, DTCM began its major focus on marine tourism and constructed the first terminal dedicated to marine tourism in order to keep pace with the developments this sector was witnessing. Today cruise tourism has become integral to the tourism industry internationally, particularly to Dubai where it plays a major role in boosting the number of tourists visiting the Emirate each year.”

The government entities honoured during the ceremony included the General Directorate of Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Customs, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, and the Dubai world.

DTCM has been promoting Dubai’s cruise tourism sector by participating in specialised trade shows, exhibitions and conventions, and by hosting specialised tourism industry delegations, with the underlining objective of highlighting Dubai’s position as a regional hub for marine tourism related activities.

DTCM’s efforts in this regard have contributed to a steady increase in the number of cruise ships visiting Dubai year on year. Last year a total of 100 cruise ships visited Dubai, bringing in 260,000 passengers and by the end of this year a total of 120 cruise ships would have visited Dubai, bringing in 325,000 passengers. Over the coming years, DTCM expects these figures to increase as follows: 135 cruise ships with 375,000 passengers in 2011; 150 ships with 425,000 passengers in 2012; 165 ships with 475,000 passengers in 2013; 180 ships with 525,000 passengers in 2014; and 195 ships with 575,000 passengers in 2015.

Through its participation in international cruise exhibitions and conventions, DTCM has been inviting international companies to collaborate in organising cruises taking Dubai as a starting point and to benefit from the range of high quality services and facilities that the Emirate’s cruise terminal offers.

DTCM has also thanked the Marriott Hotels Group for their continuous support in different activities.
 

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