And from October, Dubai hotels can expect more business travelers to show up. Events and conferences will once again take place, though under strict safety protocols.
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19 September 2020, 12:00 AM
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Dubai hotels are awaiting business travellers from October. Or those visiting the city to be part of conferences or exhibitions and want to book a hotel room for the period.
Dubai has given the green light to host meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE), and expects the last three months of the year to provide some lift to the ailing hotel industry.
City Hotels are reporting an increase in enquiries, though it may still take time for these to translate into bookings and stays. The sense of caution over COVID-19 is still very much there – but Dubai’s tourism authorities and its hotels are learning to cope with it.
Last year, 2.3 million visitors landed in the city for business purposes, and a significant number from this took part in events.
At present, if Dubai can get back a portion of that in the next three months, it will help businesses salvage something from 2020. It would also help hotels shift their attention slightly from the extra focus they had been giving to generating local demand via staycation offers.