Sep 14 2010
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Dubai hotels post 9% rise in guests
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said in on Monday that hotel revenues increased six per cent during the first half totalling Dh6.9 billion.
The statement said that the emirate saw a 16 per cent increase in rooms and seven per cent rise in the number of hotels, taking the total to 566.
Hotels sustained their occupancy rate of 71.7 per cent despite the increase in the number of hotel rooms.
Meanwhile, the occupancy rate of hotel apartments increased from 67.2 per cent last year to 68.8 per cent this year.
Visitors from the GCC increased 20 per cent to 494,309 during the first half of this year with Saudi Arabia topping the list with 227,382 guests; while the number of Asian guests increased by 17 per cent.
A recent survey by Ernst & Young showed that average room rates in the emirate fell to $150 between May and July from $252 early this year.
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