Dubai confident about hosting post-COVID Expo in 2021, says tourism head
Dubai: Dubai is confident about delivering an Expo that “makes sense” in the post-COVID world, said Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, during a virtual event on Wednesday.
The widely anticipated event was postponed to 2021 earlier in May after the COVID-19 outbreak called for stricter measures and brought international travel to a halt.
“First and foremost, nobody has a crystal ball, nobody knows exactly which date the WHO will announce that this pandemic is behind us and we can all get on with things,” said Al Marri. But, “all the indicators online show there’s latent demand for travel, and we are expected to have a spike (in travel) afterwards,” he added.Tourism picks up
More international tourists have been coming to Dubai since the emirate was opened up in July.
While tourism was one of the first sectors to be “immediately and significantly” impacted by the pandemic, numbers have been “picking up” since July. “We do expect tourism to really come back to what it was, in a very fast manner, after this is over,” said Al Marri.
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