With the summer vacations round the corner, UAE hoteliers are gearing up to maintain high occupancy rates by offering a range of summer deals. They are primarily focusing on domestic and regional markets.
The special offers being offered by the luxury hotels and resorts to entice customers during this hot summer season include special massage packages at their spas, special weekend packages, low-cost deals in health spas and other such exclusive summer deals.
For example, from August 1st to September 8th, Dh895 gets you a deluxe room at the Atlantis in Dubai, including access to the Aquaventure Waterpark and the Lost Chambers. The nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel?s Summer Break package comes with a deluxe king-sized room and includes beach access and a buffet breakfast.
In the capital, Yas Hotel?s Mr & Mrs Summer Getaway promotion offers rooms from at Dh1,170 and includes one night for two guests, breakfast, a round of golf at the Yas Links Golf Club, dinner and a massage treatment for one guest, while the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort is offering double rooms on the weekends for Dh599, including breakfast.
Residents who plan to stay home for their holidays are being offered some sweet deals by hoteliers, who are extremely eager to fill rooms.
Globally tourism is down, but Dubai Airport figures show they are up. While that includes transits, many do tend to spend one or two days in Dubai before moving on.
?Everyone is giving discounts in the summer because the temperatures are so high, which means business goes down, so we need to bring out special incentives to our customers,? said Guy Wilkinson, General Manager of consultancy firm Viability. ?Also a lot of people go on holiday back to Europe and their home countries from here. So for various reasons the occupancy level goes down in the hotels, so they try to increase occupancy by providing good deals.?
Tourism is one the biggest earners for the world?s third biggest oil exporter, bringing in millions of dollars per year through spending on hotels, restaurants and day trips.