Dubai hotel occupancy hits 81pc in April
Beirut, June 6, 2011
Dubai’s hotels witnessed an increase in occupancy of 8.7 per cent to reach 81.3 per cent during April, which is an achievement in the face of increased supply, said a report.
The city’s hotels witnessed an increase of 13.3 per cent in RevPAR (revenue per available room) to reach $217 during the month of April, added the latest Deloitte Analysis of Selected STR Global Hotel Performance Data.
The UAE city held events such as Dubai Marina Street Festival, Gulf Film Festival & Faithless World Tour Live at Sundance Beach that helped achieve increase in occupancy during the month April, the study said.
Occupancy in the Middle East was recorded at 69.1 per cent during the month of April, representing an increase of 2.3 per cent from the corresponding period in 2010. Middle East has shown growth despite the yearly increase in room supply, according to the study.
The region’s RevPAR witnessed an increase of 3.5 per cent to $147 during April, compared to $94 in Europe, $93 in the Asia Pacific region, and $63 in the Americas
Occupancy in the Middle East witnessed an increase of 2.3 per cent during the month of April compared to the corresponding period in 2010.
Abu Dhabi’s occupancy during the month of April was 69.3 per cent, compared to 59.9 per cent during the corresponding period in 2010. RevPAR in the city was $114 during the month of April, compared to $124 during the corresponding period in 2010.
Events in the city such as Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Arab Market 2011 & Pro Drag Racing Series have helped boost occupancy for April.
Hotels in Beirut witnessed an occupancy of 58.3 per cent during the month of April compared to 72.5 per cent during the corresponding period in 2010. RevPAR for the city witnessed a decline of 33.1 per cent to $114 during the month of April.
Jeddah’s occupancy was recorded at 72.3 per cent during the month of April with a 0.1 per cent decline from the corresponding period in 2010. RevPAR for the city witnessed an increase of 13 per cent to reach $151 during the month of April, compared to $133 in the corresponding period in 2010.
Events such as GCC Athletics Championship 2011 & Riyadh Spring Festival are contributors to increase in RevPAR. Occupancy figures have improved from the corresponding period in 2010.
Muscat’s hotel occupancy was recorded at 53.1 per cent during April 2011, down by 20.3 per cent compared to 67 per cent during the corresponding period in 2010. The city’s RevPAR during April decreased by 16.6 per cent to $137, compared to $165 in 2010.
The Ministry of Tourism and hoteliers in the region are committed to promoting the region’s tourism industry. The city conducted events such as Gulf Higher Education Exhibition (GHEDX2011), Comex Exhibition, and Salalah Tourism Festival as a sign of recovery from the political disturbance. – TradeArabia News Service
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