Dubai tourism boom keeps it on track for Vision 2020

Published on : Tuesday, November 19, 2013

dtcm logoDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai’s hotels enjoyed a booming business during the first nine months of the year, welcoming more than 7.9 million visitors between January and September 2013, a 9.8 per cent increase year-on-year. The latest visitor number results released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) show increases across hotel establishment guests, room occupancy levels, hotel and hotel apartment revenues and average length of stay, all key factors in order for Dubai to achieve its Tourism Vision for 2020.


During the first nine months of the year under consideration, guest numbers across all hotel establishments segments(hotels and hotel apartments) reached 7,941,118, a 9.8 per cent increase year-on-year. Hotel room occupancy averaged 78.6 per cent over the nine-month period, up 3.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2012 and hotel apartment occupancy also saw steady growth, up 7.3 per cent to 81 per cent, compared with 75.5 per cent in the first nine months of 2012. Increasing the length of stay has been identified as a key driver of tourism growth within the Tourism Vision for 2020 and these results were also positive with the average length of stay across hotels and hotel apartments between January and September rising 3.5 percent year-on-year to 3.9 days.


Saudi Arabia, India, UK, USA, Russia, Kuwait, Germany, Oman, China and Iran made up the top 10 source markets for January to September 2013, mostly unchanged compared to 2012.

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