Apr 30 2012
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Tourism contributes 31% of Dubai's GDP
Dh16 billion generated last year from hotels
The number of visitors to Dubai is expected to rise 10 per cent this year, according to figures released by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
Speaking to the media at the ongoing Arabian Travel Market, DTCM Director-General Khalid A bin Sulayem said: "Dubai's tourism figures are very promising with the emirate hosting 9.3 million hotel guests and cruise passengers in 2011, which was up 10 per cent from the previous year. This contributed to 31 per cent of Dubai's GDP last year."
Dubai's 575 hotels generated revenues of Dhs16 billion last year, an increase of 20 per cent from 2010. The year saw a five per cent increase in the number of hotel rooms and hotel apartments which stood at 53,828 rooms and 21,015 hotel flats respectively.
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