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UAE hotel occupancy rates hit 63 per cent


ABU DHABI: The UAE tourism sector has continued to recover during the first quarter of 2021, with the average hotel occupancy rates across the country nearing 63 per cent, according to initial data released by the tourist authoritie­s.

Average length of stay in hotels during the first quarter increased 27.6 per cent to 4.3 nights as compared to the same period last year, with March recording a growth of 34 pct in the number of hotel guests comparativ­ely with March last year.

UAE nationals accounted for 25.6 per cent of total guests in the reference period -one million guests- with March seeing a thumping 112 pct growth in the Emirati hotel guests as compared to the same month last year. Dubai proved to be the preferred destinatio­n for Emiratis, followed by Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah then Sharjah.

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entreprene­urship and SMES, who is also the Chairman of the The Emirates Tourism Council, enunciated the distinctiv­e performanc­e of the UAE domestic tourism sector, commending the tireless efforts made by various local department­s concerned to position local atractions as the favourite destinatio­n for Emiratis and residents alike.

“The UAE continues to enhance its coveted position on the global tourism scene, with domestic tourism now proving to be a significan­t catalyst for economic growth and a key contributo­r to GDP in implementa­tion of the directives of the UAE’S wise leadership,” added the minister.

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