|Quoting jetBlueguy22 (Reply 40):|
Yes people you know. But there are people that need to go to the UAE. Its sad that governments have to battle like this. They are just costing their citizens money.
Funny, when you look in the paper, or on the ads on tv, the only "tourist grab" commercials you see are Florida, Vegas, Europe, Australia, etc etc. I have not *once* ever seen an ad for the UAE
I would go as far to suggest (and, this is just pure speculation, from many MANY discussions with people) that the ONLY people travelling to the UAE from Canada are people who immigrated from the Region, and business people, and the odd tourist. Infact, a few of my Indian friends have said they would travel Emirates over Air India to go home, as Emirates has more choices into their relatively remote area of India that they came from...
It's *not* a tourist-haven for Canadians. Trust me.
The top 15 destinations Canadians will be headed to this year are:
1. London, UK
3. New York City
4. Bangkok, Thailand
5. Vancouver, BC
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Dublin, Ireland
8. Manchester, UK
9. Frankfurt, Germany
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
11. Toronto, ON
12. Orlando, FL
13. Rome, Italy
14. Cancun, Mexico
15. Glasgow, UK
In fact, the UAE isn't even ON the top *50* list. For the UAE to be a MAJOR concern for the Canadian Gov't to be worried over heavy-handed Visas, they would need to be more of a major destination for the taxpayer in Canada. I would suspect that this is exactly why our Gov't has chosen the route they've gone. Don't bully, negotiate.
I still think that if anything, the response to the denial of additional flights is purely heavy handed.. But I wouldn't expect anything less from the UAE "Government"....
I continue to suggest that the majority of people on the Emirates flights from Canada to the UAE would be ex-pats of the region, or business people. It's not your family of 4... They're off to Disney.