The UAE recently announced a new five-year multiple entry visa that allows holders to stay in the country for six months at a stretch.
ABU DHABI - Hoteliers in United Arab Emirates are confident that a newly-introduced tourist visa policy will be a "game-changer" for the country's tourism industry.
The UAE recently announced a new five-year multiple entry visa that allows holders to stay in the wealthy Middle Eastern nation for six months at a stretch.
Hospitality giants Oyo Hotels & Homes said it started getting more enquiries from several countries the moment the new visa ruling was announced.
"We have observed a significant increase in the number of both leisure and business visitors since the last quarter of 2019 due to the busy MICE sector in UAE," said Pranav Mehta, country head of Oyo UAE.
"We are gearing up for the busy months ahead of us leading up to the World Expo 2020 (in Dubai). With this new five-year multiple entry visa rule, we expect a steep increase in tourist arrivals from across the globe.
"As the country pavilions are being constructed at the Expo site, we expect a large number of business travellers and executives visiting our properties during this phase. This will be followed by a mix of leisure and business travellers as we progress towards the last quarter of 2020."
Mr Mehta said the country has seen a rise in numbers with regard to business travellers, particularly from India and China due to the growing trade relationship between UAE and these two Asian nations.
There is also significant growth from the Africa, Europe, UK and the US markets, he added.