Dubai sees record hotel guests in H1
Dubai, September 13, 2010
The number of guests at Dubai's hotels rose to 4.2 million in the first half of this year, up 9 per cent from the previous year, driven by rising demand from Asia and the Gulf region, official data showed on Monday.
Hotels revenue was up six per cent to $1.88 billion in the period while occupancy rates stood at 71.7 per cent, the UAE's official news agency WAM said, citing the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Tourism in Dubai, the Middle East trade and business hub, was hard hit by the global financial crisis as consumers tightened spending and slashed their travel budgets.
The emirate, which suffered the sharpest drops in hotels revenue regionally in 2009, is seeing signs of recovery with improved occupancies as it emerges from the global financial crisis.
The number of hotels in the emirate increased by seven per cent in the first-half to 566, while hotel rooms grew 16 per cent to 67,369.
The highest increase in tourists came from Gulf states, up 20 per cent to 494,000, followed by visitors from Asia with an increase of 17 per cent, reaching around 1 million guests.
Guests from Europe grew three per cent to 1.3 million, while visitors from the Americas were up seven per cent to 335,000.
The United Kingdom was Dubai's biggest tourism partner in the period, while Saudi Arabia came first regionally, the statement said.-Reuters
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