markets while growing the number received from the markets which have traditionally been strong. 10 months on from announcing the Tourism Vision we have seen solid progress, with a further diversification of our accommodation, attractions and events offering, and the announcements of a number of new initiatives which will contribute to driving visitor numbers.
Commenting on the importance of the Indian market, Almarri, said, India continues to retain the No. 2 position as a top source market for Dubai accounting for 888,835 Indian citizen hotel guests registering a growth of 16.3 per cent over the corresponding period 2012. Indian travellers to Dubai find ease in reaching the Emirate owing to multiple airline options servicing the sector in addition to Emirates Airlines which covers 10 cities across India. Further, Dubais first world infrastructure, myriad of hotels and resorts, value for money shopping and plethora of attractions make Dubai a favourite destination for family vacations and short breaks. Going forward, we will soon embark on a series of joint travel trade promotions to tap the upcoming summer holiday break in addition to encouraging niche segments such as weddings, special occasions and leisure sports.