Mr. bin Sulayem highlighted Dubai’s year-on-year growth in tourist arrivals and the success story that the DTCM has scripted for Dubai, establishing it firmly on the world tourism map.
Austria and Dubai have traditionally shared rich trade and tourism ties with the year 2005 recording a 46 per cent increase in the number of Austrian hotel guests in Dubai.
Mr. bin Sulayem also met recently the CEO of Eurofly, Dr. Armando Brunini, Italy’s front-ranking vacation airline.
Mr. bin Sulayem discussed with him the immense potential of leisure tourism in Dubai and the possibility of Eurofly working in close tandem with Europe’s leading cruise operator to boost cruise tourism in the region.
Eurofly which is committed to offer services that are personalized, flexible and in line with passengers needs, is looking at the possibility of starting weekly flights between Italy and Dubai to support Costa Cruises that are slated to start operating from Dubai from end 2006.
Costa Crociere SpA, the leading cruise operator in Europe, will be offering cruises with departures from Dubai starting December in a marketing move which is unprecedented in the global cruise industry.
Two ships – the Costa Classica and AIDAcara – will depart every week from the state-of-the-art Dubai Cruise Terminal on Arabian Gulf cruises.
A total of 25 departures and 70,000 passenger movements are forecast. The seven-day itinerary features two nights in Dubai plus one-day stopovers in the ports of Fujairah, Muscat (Oman), Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
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