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The UAE’s existing and new generation theme parks will attract more than 19 million visitors a year by 2020 if current trends continue, said Colliers International in a report titled ‘Theme Park Tourism’ ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017.

Colliers put the data together using existing admissions and arrivals data for Yas Island’s Ferrari World and Waterworld and Dubai’s Aquaventure and Wild Wadi as well as a sample of new and upcoming parks. According to the release, all four parks have experienced a strong correlation between the rising number of visitors to the UAE and its admissions, with their combined admissions predicted to reach 19 million visitors annually.

The same numbers are expected at IMG Worlds of Adventure and Dubai Parks and Resorts, which opened this year in Dubai. The newly opened parks have ambitions to draw in millions of visitors in their first year of operations, with IMG expecting to attract 4.5 million people and Dubai Parks and Resorts predicting 6.7 million visitors.

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Arabian Travel Market senior exhibition director Simon Press said: “Dubai has a unique chance to replicate the success we have seen in other markets such as Orlando, Singapore and Tokyo, attracting new arrivals while also capturing a share of both the stop over and direct tourism markets.”