Dubai has reported more than 11 million overnight visitors in 2013 - an increase of just over one million on the 2012 numbers and a positive indication that Dubai is on the way to achieving its target of welcoming 20 million visitors a year by 2020, according to Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Guest numbers across all hotel establishments (hotels and hotel apartments) in 2013 reached 11,012,487, a 10.6 percent increase on the 9,957,161 of 2012. Dubai's top 10 hotel guest source markets remained, for the most part, unchanged when compared to 2012 - with some slight changes in positioning. Saudi Arabia, India, UK, USA, Russia, Kuwait, Germany, Oman, Iran and China made up the top ten for January to December 2013.

The DTCM said that the Australia market experienced the most growth, with numbers up by 39 percent from more than 193,000 in 2012 to more than 269,000 in 2013. It attributed the growth to the partnership between Emirates Airline and Qantas announced in April 2013, which resulted in an increased flight volume between Dubai and Australia.

Saudi Arabia, consistently Dubai's primary source market, also experienced further growth, with guest numbers up by 19.9 percent to 1.35 million. China (ranked tenth) also continued to show significant increases, with visitors up by 11 percent, partly as a result of the targeted marketing activities in China of DTCM and its partners in Dubai's tourism industry of Dubai and the opening of DTCM's fourth China office in late 2013. The increase can also be attributed to the growing propensity of Chinese tourists to travel outside of China.