Alpha Destination Management is preparing to enter the Indian market as it prepares to replace tourism business lost from Russia.
The UAE-based firm has team up with India’s Bird Group as it looks to open seven offices across the country this month to boost the inflow of tourists to Dubai.
Headquartered in New Delhi, the Bird Group is one of India’s fastest growing business conglomerates with interests in travel technology, aviation services, hospitality, luxury retail and education.
“Alpha Destination Management will run three main offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai. In addition, four representative offices in Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad will be managed in cooperation with the Bird Group,” Alpha Destination CEO Ghasan Aridi told Khaleej Times.
Aridi said the seven offices in India would significantly boost inbound tourism to Dubai.
Last year Dubai welcomed approximately 1.6 million Indian tourists compared to 1.2 million in 2014, a growth of 26%, he said.
“Dubai is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from India and at the same time, India is one of the most important markets for Dubai,” Aridi explained.
Dubai achieve its target of 20 million tourists in the next five years,” Aridi said.