DUBAI, 4th December, 2019 — Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai Tourism, has held a strategic meeting with leading international hotel chain, Hilton, as part of its continuing series of engagements with key industry partners to provide them an overview and outlook of Dubai’s tourism industry and explore ways of further increasing the level of stakeholder collaboration and leveraging all efforts that are underway to achieve the goals of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2022-25.
The meeting was held in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and was attended by Helal Saeed Almarri, Director -General, Dubai Tourism as well as Christopher J. Nassetta; President and Chief Executive Officer for Hilton; Simon Vincent, President Europe, Middle East and Africa and Rudi Jagersbacher, President Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
The meeting highlighted the invaluable role that is being played by the hospitality sector, particularly by global partners such as Hilton in supporting Dubai’s endeavour to become the world’s No1 most visited, revisited and preferred city as envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
Hilton has been consistently present in Dubai for more than 40 years and is committed to the long-term growth and development of travel and tourism in the city. Hilton currently has 18 hotels in Dubai with a further 14 hotels in its development pipeline.
It was also pointed out that industry stakeholders have been strongly encouraged to align with, and benefit from the various initiatives that have been launched to ensure the success of Dubai’s tourism strategy, including the hosting of Expo 2020.
During the meeting, Dubai Tourism shared new destination insights and highlighted the strong growth in tourism traffic to Dubai in the first three quarters of 2019, the key strategies that were implemented to drive sustained visitation volumes and major elements of the plan to further boost visitor numbers during Expo 2020 in cooperation with stakeholders and partners, both locally and overseas.