DTCM tourism arrivals perk up in H1

Guest Writer

Dubai achieved significant hotel occupancy and tourism arrivals growth in the first half of 2010 (January through June), a report released by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has confirmed.
The number of hotel guests in Dubai reached 4,181,326, up 9% from the 3,852,742 guests in H1 2009.
DTCM Director General Khalid Ahmed Bin Sulayem said that despite the challenging conditions faced by the global tourism industry last year, Dubai was still able to achieve impressive results in terms of tourist arrivals, hotel revenues and tourism related events.      
Department statistics show the number of hotels operating in Dubai has reached 566, representing a 7% increase from 530 last year, while hotel rooms reached 67,369, indicating a 16% increase from 58,188 rooms last year.
Hotel revenues by the end of the first half of 2010 reached AED 6,888,477, representing a 6% increase over the first half of 2010, during which revenues reached AED 6,519,691.
The number of hotel guests in Dubai reached 4,181,326, up 9% from the 3,852,742 guests in H1 2009.
DTCM Director General Khalid Ahmed Bin Sulayem said that despite the challenging conditions faced by the global tourism industry last year, Dubai was still able to achieve impressive results in terms of tourist arrivals, hotel revenues and tourism related events.      
Department statistics show the number of hotels operating in Dubai has reached 566, representing a 7% increase from 530 last year, while hotel rooms reached 67,369, indicating a 16% increase from 58,188 rooms last year.
Hotel revenues by the end of the first half of 2010 reached AED 6,888,477, representing a 6% increase over the first half of 2010, during which revenues reached AED 6,519,691.
Bin Sulayem congratulated the private sector in Dubai for this achievement and said that “this would not have been possible without their sincere efforts and cooperation, especially given the challenges faced by the global tourism industry in general”.
Statistics issued by the Department referred to the 18 per cent increase in the number of tourist nights, which reached 12,462,209 nights compared to 10,541,955 during the same period last year.
Hotels sustained their occupancy rate of 71.7% despite the increase in the number of hotel rooms. Meanwhile, the occupancy rate of hotel apartments increased from 67.2% last year to 68.8% this year; representing a 2% increase.
The UK had the most number of guests coming to Dubai in the first half of this year as the country accounted for 382,356 guests, while KSA came first among Arab countries with 227,382 guests.
Figures show that total Arab guests in Dubai reached 1, 216, 024 or an increase of 10% from 1,110, 088 last year.
There were 494,309 guests from the GCC, registering a 20% growth from 412,145 during the same period last year. Guests from other Arab countries reached 338,532, rising by 3 per cent from 329,599 in the first half last year.

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