63% occupancy rate of hotel and tourism establishments in the UAE during the first quarter of 2021

During the first quarter of this year 2021, the tourism sector in the United Arab Emirates was able to make a quantum leap on the road to recovery from the effects of the "Covid 19" pandemic, as hotel and tourism establishments attracted nearly 4 million guests, and the occupancy rate reached 63% during that period. According to the initial data of the local tourism authorities.

The average length of stay in hotel establishments during the first quarter of the current year 2021 achieved a growth of 27.6% compared to the same period in 2020, reaching 4.3 nights, while the month of March of this year 2021 witnessed a 34% growth in the number of guests of hotel establishments in the country, compared to In March of last year, 2020.

Citizens made up about 25.6% of the total inmates during the first quarter, as the number of citizen guests during that period reached one million.

Statistics show that the number of citizen guests doubled during the month of March, with an increase of 112% during March 2021 compared to the same month of 2020, and the Emirate of Dubai was the first destination for citizens to stay in these facilities during this period, followed by Abu Dhabi, then Ras Al Khaimah, then Fujairah and Sharjah.

Dr. Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises, Chairman of the Emirates Tourism Council, emphasized the outstanding performance recorded by the domestic tourism sector over the past period, and the success of the national tourism product in establishing its position as a preferred and safer option for the country's residents, citizens and residents, compared to tourist destinations. External. His Excellency explained that the qualitative development witnessed by the domestic tourism system, and the growing demand for tourist destinations and hotel facilities in the country, is the result of the concerted efforts of the various government agencies concerned with the development of the tourism sector, and confirms the effectiveness of government initiatives to stimulate domestic tourism in light of the global health crisis in translation of the sound directives of the wise leadership. To turn challenges into opportunities.

Al Falasi added: “The United Arab Emirates continues to consolidate its leading position on the global tourism map. Over the past years, the country has achieved the highest growth rates in international indicators for tourism and hotel services. Today, domestic tourism is a major tributary of the national economy and an important contributor to the gross domestic product, in line with the directives. The wise leadership to lay the foundations for a more diversified and sustainable economic system Indicators and statistics confirm that since the beginning of 2021, domestic tourism has witnessed significant activity and remarkable growth compared to the same period last year, amid the increasing demand of the country's population towards tourist destinations and local hotel establishments.This comes as a result of the growing confidence in the preventive measures taken to ensure the health and safety of hotel guests and visitors to tourist destinations, the efficiency of national campaigns to highlight the elements that are unique to the Emirates, the unique destinations that abound in the seven emirates of the country, the development of hotel facilities and the excellence and quality of hospitality services.

It is worth noting that the number of hotel establishments in the country until the end of March 2021 amounted to approximately 1096 establishments, while the number of rooms reached approximately 181.3 thousand rooms, and it is expected that the occupancy rate of hotels will increase during the Eid Al Fitr holiday at the state level, which will have an impact Significant growth in the hotel sector indicators in general, while the growth rates of domestic tourism during the first quarter of this year exceeded the levels of 2020, as it was among the most flexible and recovering segments in the face of the crisis resulting from the spread of the new Corona virus.

The tourism sector in the United Arab Emirates has attracted 14.8 million guests to hotel and tourism establishments during the past year 2020, despite the unusual circumstances that the sector has experienced in the world as a result of its direct impact from the "Covid 19" pandemic, as it has succeeded in achieving revenues of about 16.6 billion dirhams and 54.2 million tourist nights.

The UAE was one of the countries least affected by the crisis caused by the "Covid 19" pandemic, in comparison with the regional and global levels and the most important international tourist destinations, with a decline lower than the regional level for the Middle East and the global level.

While the UAE was able to achieve a better hotel occupancy rate than the global level, as the occupancy rate of hotel establishments in the country reached 54.7% in 2020, while the global occupancy rate was only 37%.

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