The hotel sector in Dubai recorded occupancy rates in hotels and hotel apartments of close to 90 per cent during the first nine months of this year, according to hotel sector sources.
Hotel occupancy reached its maximum capacity of 100 per cent on many occasions, Al Bayan reports.
The sources pointed out that the performance of this period prompted the workers in the sector to be optimistic about this year’s figures. They expected that the number of Dubai tourists would go up to more than 14 million by the end of 2015, compared with the 13.2m received by the emirate last year.
The sources attributed the increase to the efforts undertaken by government institutions to promote Dubai as a global destination, in addition to the multiplicity of events and exhibitions organised by the emirate during this period, which prompted many to come to the emirate, especially tourists from the GCC countries.
Those interested in this sector say that this year will be better than last year, when the emirate achieved a high record by receiving 13.2m tourists, adding that Dubai is on the right path to achieve Vision 2020, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Vision 2020 is a plan to receive 20m tourists by 2020.