SCTDA releases tourism statistics for Year 2012
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, March 09 - 2013 at 15:04
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Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority released the tourism statistics for Year 2012 on the sidelines of the ITB Berlin today citing tremendous and continuous growth of Sharjah's tourism sector.
The 2012 tourism statistics record hotel occupancy rate in the range of emirate at 75% while the occupancy percentage of hotel apartments in the emirate stands at 72%. The overall average of hotel and hotel apartment occupancy stands at 74%.
Year 2012 also saw a remarkable increase in overall hotel occupancy, touching 2,045,690 room nights which includes 1,215,636 hotel room nights and 830,054 hotel apartment room nights, showing an increase of 13% from previous year (2011), which had record 1,804,530 room nights, including 1,026,934 hotel room nights and 777,596 hotel apartment room nights.
The number of hotel facilities has also undergone a change in Sharjah with the number of hotels and hotel apartments standing at 101 (55 hotel apartments and 46 hotels) and number of rooms reaching 9,141. The number of hotel rooms now stands at 5,171 rooms while 3,970 is the number of hotel apartment rooms.
As for the profile of Sharjah's visitors, the Europeans and Gulf nationals rank first in the number of tourists the emirate received last year. While at 621,315 the Europeans form 36% of Sharjah's total number of tourists, the GCC tourist numbers stood at 618,487 forming another 36%. The tourists from other Arab countries stood at 220,617 representing 13%. Asian tourists at 227,554 formed another 13% chunk of Sharjah's tourists during Year 2012.
Commenting on the annual statistics, HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Chairman, SCTDA, said, "The positive statistics are a testament to continuous growth and progress in the tourism sector in the emirate, underscoring Sharjah's leading position in the region. He said that Sharjah today figures high in the list favorite tourist destinations for both European and GCC visitors and it's because of this standing and the diversity of its tourism profile and experience that the honour of being chosen the Arab Tourism Capital for Year 2015 had come its way."
Al Noman said, "Year 2012 had been truly special for Sharjah at many levels and in many respects which reflected itself seen in the tremendous success of its various events and exhibitions, international participations as well as in winning numerous international accolades and awards."
The emirate also launched a bouquet of world-class tourism projects and events celebrating culture and environment providing an ideal atmosphere for tourists, he emphasized.
Al Noman said, "The Authority accorded highest importance to the promotion of Sharjah and its tourism product in the list of its priorities and annual strategies. No effort is being spared to project and raise the emirate's profile as an ideal tourist destination through various exhibitions, events and festivals, emphasized the SCTDA Chairman."
"The Authority has been proactively showcasing Sharjah at all important international exhibitions, conferences and travel and tourism sector events, notably ITB Berlin," said A Noman.
Pointing out, "Occasions such as these offer an excellent platform and opportunity to interact with policymakers and decision makers and apprise oneself with latest developments and trends in the industry. Sharjah has won itself numerous awards and honours its participation in the ITB over the past several years. Last year, the Sharjah pavilion won the Best Exhibitor in the Middle East award once again."
Al Noman also talked about the world-class popular family festivals and entertainment events organized by the SCTDA throughout the year, attracting thousands of visitors from within and outside the country.
"The Sharjah Light Festival and Sharjah Water Festival attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the region and beyond every year," he said emphasizing the diversity of Sharjah's tourism offering, heritage, culture and natural and historic tourist attractions that make it a global tourist destination.
"This growing international recognition and accolades and honours coming Sharjah's way, also reflected in the significant increase in the number of tourists last year, adds to our responsibility to work for greater success and growth, developing integrated strategies to promote Sharjah locally, regionally and internationally and attract more visitors," concluded Al Noman.
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