Travel enthusiasts will be delighted to know that it's not expensive to vacation in Dubai.
This is according to travel experts converged at the Movenpick hotel for the Dubai Tourism Roadshow
Desy Darmawan from The First collection Group of hotels explained to participants in the roads what they need to know when planning a trip to Dubai.
Speaking to Kiss Fm's Dennis Milimo, Darmawan said
"I'm representing the first Group of hotels. It's one of Dubai's leading hotel investment companies and right now we have alot of investors from East Africa region including Kenya. We have 4 hotels under the first Group hospitality . We are looking to grow visitors to Dubai especially from Kenya."
She told that they are new to the Kenyan market and are hopeful to attract Kenyan visitors
"We have started to receive alot of individual requests and group requests as well. We roughly have now around 102 every month from Kenya every months as a region and we are looking to grow this number."
"We have a very large inventory so each hotel we have 650 rooms. This is the largest inventory and we have also some hotels with 437 to 490 rooms. So in total we have almost 2,000 rooms in our inventory from these four hotels. "
One concern Kenyans have when making travel plans is the cost of accommodation. Damawan told that it's affordable.
"The rates are always different depending on the season. That is for us because our property is four stars in terms of category so it's very budget friendly . It's lower than usually than five star hotels and it's very affordable. "
"In the summer season it can start from around 50 to 60 dollars, In the high season, it can go upto 200 dollars. But also depending on the hotel occupancy."
"Our hotel is very nice the location is very friendly for leisure, especially if you want to see Dubai . We have hotel in the marina area which is very popular destination very close to the beach" Darmawan added
"The hotels area plus to visitors who love hanging out in the mall.
"It's very easy to commute and accessible We have a service of shuttles for our guests who want to go to other locations or public transportation."
The process of booking in Dubai hotels was addressed and is not difficult for even first timers.
Post covid recovery is one aspect the hotel industry is recovering from. Darmawan told that the Dubai Government put in measures to shield them from negative effects.
" The United Arab Emirates as a country played a major role. They know how to manage the situation during and post pandemic period . We grew the tourism industry very fast so the recovery is very fast as well."
Travelers have gained confidence in Dubai. There are challenges hosting worldwide travelers include regulations from country of origin. Travel restrictions from country's or regions hinder movement, but the industry remains hopeful things will ease.
Travel Agents from Kenya briefed expo goers that Dubai is the best option. See more pictures from the roadshow below: