Shar­jah posts 11pc jump in 2012 tourists

The Pak Banker - - 6BUSINESS -

Shar­jah Com­merce and Tourism Devel­op­ment Author­ity, or SCTDA, re­leased the tourism statis­tics for Year 2012 on the side­lines of the ITB Berlin on Satur­day cit­ing tremen­dous and con­tin­u­ous growth of Shar­jah’s tourism sec­tor.

More than 1,739,240 tourists vis­ited the emi­rate in 2012 reg­is­ter­ing a re­mark­able 11 per cent growth over pre­vi­ous year’s fig­ure of 1,562,869, ac­cord­ing to the an­nual statis­tics report re­leased at the high-pro­file in­ter­na­tional tourism and travel con­ven­tion in the Ger­man cap­i­tal.

The 2012 tourism statis­tics record ho­tel oc­cu­pancy rate in the emi­rate in the range of 75 per cent while the oc­cu­pancy per­cent­age of ho­tel apart­ments in the emi­rate stands at 72 per cent. The over­all av­er­age of ho­tel and ho­tel apart­ment oc­cu­pancy stands at 74 per cent.

Year 2012 also saw a re­mark­able in­crease in over­all ho­tel oc­cu­pancy, touch­ing 2,045,690 room nights which in­cludes 1,215,636 ho­tel room nights and 830,054 ho­tel apart­ment room nights, show­ing an in­crease of 13 per cent from pre­vi­ous year (2011), which had record 1,804,530 room nights, in­clud­ing 1,026,934 ho­tel room nights and 777,596 ho­tel apart­ment room nights.

The num­ber of ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties has also un­der­gone a change in Shar­jah with the num­ber of ho­tels and ho­tel apart­ments stand­ing at 101 (55 ho­tel apart­ments and 46 ho­tels) and num­ber of rooms reach­ing 9,141. The num­ber of ho­tel rooms now stands at 5,171 rooms while 3,970 is the num­ber of ho­tel apart­ment rooms. As for the pro­file of Shar­jah’s vis­i­tors, the Euro­peans and Gulf na­tion­als rank first in the num­ber of tourists the emi­rate re­ceived last year. While at 621,315 the Euro­peans form 36 per cent of Shar­jah’s to­tal num­ber of tourists, the GCC tourist num­bers stood at 618,487 form­ing an­other 36 per cent. The tourists from other Arab coun­tries stood at 220,617 rep­re­sent­ing 13 per cent. Asian tourists at 227,554 formed an­other 13 per cent chunk of Shar­jah’s tourists dur­ing Year 2012.

“The pos­i­tive statis­tics are a tes­ta­ment to con­tin­u­ous growth and progress in the tourism sec­tor in the emi­rate, un­der­scor­ing Shar­jah’s lead­ing po­si­tion in the re­gion. He said that Shar­jah to­day fig­ures high in the list fa­vorite tourist des­ti­na­tions for both Euro­pean .

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