Published on : Monday, September 20, 2021
The UAE’s tourism sector records 62 per cent occupancy rate in H1-2021, outperforming 10 other major global tourism destinations.
This includes China (54 per cent), United States of America (45 per cent), Mexico (38 per cent), the United Kingdom (37 per cent), and Turkey (36 per cent).
The country’s hotel and tourism establishments attracted nearly 8.3 million guests during this period.
During the reference period, guests spent nearly 35 million nights in the UAE hotels reflecting a growth of 30 per cent, while the average length of their stay increased to 4.1 nights at a 12.5 per cent growth.
Domestic tourism accounted for 30 per cent of the total number of guests at these hotel establishments.
Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, and Chairman of the Emirates Tourism Council, affirmed that the positive results achieved by the tourism sector in the first half of this year reflect the soundness of the vision and directives of the wise leadership on the importance of the tourism sector as a major driver of the economy.
He noted that the latest achievement is a result of concerted government efforts aimed at developing domestic tourism to attract larger numbers of domestic and foreign tourists.
Al Falasi pointed out that these results are of great relevance in light of the tightening of travel restrictions in some major tourism markets around the world due to the impact of COVID-19.
He also noted that the high vaccination rates in the country, which is at 80 per cent now, is one of the highest in the world, which has contributed to raising the level of safety and confidence in the UAE’s tourism sector.