Sharjah sees surge in tourists


Sharjah's tourism sector has witnessed significant growth in the first half of this year with a 12 per cent increase in the number of hotel guests and occupancy rate hitting 66 per cent.

The emirate has more than 100 hotel establishments with around 10,000 rooms that attracted over 626,000 guests during the six-month period.

Earnings from hotels amounted to more than AED 200 million, which is a 50 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Sharjah hotels also registered a 46 per cent growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR) to touch AED 136, driven by an average daily rate (ADR) growth of around 20 per cent at nearly AED 202

The Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) said the easing of Covid-19 restrictions across the UAE has triggered a major surge in visitors, especially from the GCC.

The details were announced during the SCTDA's annual hotelier meeting, which brought together owners, operators and employees of hotel establishments.

"Diversity is one of the unique characteristics that distinguishes Sharjah, especially in its tourism offerings. From entertainment and events to culture, arts, adventures, and eco-tourism, among others, Sharjah provides a wide range of comprehensive attractions that provide the hospitality sector with significant opportunities for growth," said Khalid Jassim Al Midfa, Chairman of SCTDA.

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