Expo driv­ing ho­tel growth

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The Mid­dle East is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a ho­tel con­struc­tion boom, as the re­gion pre­pares to host a se­ries of ma­jor cul­tural events, the Ho­tel Show Dubai has heard. In to­tal, 190 of ho­tel projects are in the pipe­line in the UAE, with 48 in Qatar and 142 un­der de­vel­op­ment in Saudi Ara­bia, ac­cord­ing to data from con­sul­tants Top Ho­tel Projects. Work­shops at the in­dus­try event at Dubai World Trade Cen­tre yes­ter­day dis­cussed the im­pact of the up­com­ing Expo 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Del­e­gate Jimmy Joseph, Direc­tor of Hos­pi­tal­ity at ho­tel sup­plier CADD Emi­rates, which sup­plies tech­nol­ogy ser­vices to ho­tels, said: “Expo 2020 will drive a lot of traf­fic into this mar­ket. “And un­for­tu­nately, with what is hap­pen­ing around the Mid­dle East, a lot of tourism is com­ing into Dubai. Dubai is the right mar­ket to of­fer what Egypt, Greece and Turkey used to of­fer. It’s a sim­i­lar type of des­ti­na­tion.” Fig­ures re­leased by Deloitte yes­ter­day also found ho­tel oc­cu­pancy in the emi­rate sat at about 76 per cent in July, up about 3.5 per cent in the same month in 2015.

GROW­ING: A ho­tel build­ing boom is planned

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