Story:? Dubai hotels see increasing occupants
Dubai hotels have witnessed an increase in visitor numbers, following regional unrest earlier in the year.
Recent data from accountancy firm Ernst and Young revealed that Dubai hotels recorded the highest RevPAR in the Middle East in June 2011 over the same period last year,?Gulf News reported.
In its Middle East Hotel Benchmark Survey, E&Y claims that Dubai hotels’ rooms yield hit $119 (Dh437) in June 2011 over $107 in June last year. Occupancy levels for the emirate’s hotels were the highest, too, in the period at 75.9 per cent, up almost six per cent from 69.9 per cent in June last year.
Market experts attribute the increase in UAE hotels to the majority of holiday and summer traffic being diverted to Dubai amidst the Geo-political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.
The biggest drop was recorded in Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh hotels where the revenue slipped 48.6 per cent in June over the same period a year ago. Occupancy, too, saw the region’s highest drop of 30 per cent in the Egyptian resort in the same period.
Meanwhile, hotels overall in Cairo, saw revenues declining by almost 40 per cent to rest at $44 in June 2011.
In the year-to-date performance, meanwhile, the first six months of this year saw Dubai hotels’ occupancies going up to 82 per cent, up from 79 per cent in first half of 2010? the highest in the Middle East.
Dubai tourism at its strongest
Dubai tourism is stronger than ever with over 8.5 million visitors globally this past ear. The US is the 5th largest source market. There was also an increase in hotel capacity which remained at an average of 70%. An additional 9500 rooms came available, making around currently 71,000 rooms available. It is a great stopover hub with Emirates airlines, as the route is the fastest way to get to the Far East.
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released travel statistics from its April World Tourism Barometer. The report in general indicates overall increased global growth in arrivals.
International tourist arrivals grew by close to 5% during the first months of 2011, consolidating the 7% rebound registered in 2010. Growth was positive in all world (sub) regions during January and February 2011, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa. South America and South Asia led growth (both at +15%), followed by Sub-saharan Africa (+13%), and Central and Eastern Europe (+12%).
Worldwide, international tourist arrivals surpassed 124 million in the first two months of 2011, up from 119 million in the same period of 2010, with emerging economies (+6%) continuing to grow at a faster pace than advanced ones (+4%).
?These results confirm that in spite of several challenges, the recovery of international tourism, which was remarkably strong last year, is consolidating,? said UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb Rifai in Istanbul, Turkey.
According to the forecast prepared by UNWTO at the beginning of the year, international tourist arrivals are projected to increase by some 4% to 5% in 2011. The impact of recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, are not expected to substantially affect this projected growth.
?Although recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East and the terrible events in Japan will affect the results of their respective regions, overall growth in international tourism should not be significantly impacted,? said Mr. Rifai, ?Moreover, the fall in demand in Tunisia, Egypt, and Japan is expected to have bottomed out, and the recovery of these important destinations will surely be consolidated during the year.?
Sources: hoteliermiddleeast, travelvideo, worldtourismdirectory