Dubai notches up $2.3bn in hotel revenues


THE total revenues of Dubai hotels and hotel apartments during the first nine months of 2007 touched Dh8.7 billion ($2.37 billion) on the back of a seven per cent increase in guests and 17.6 per cent rise in guest nights compared with the corresponding period last year, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) announced at WTM.

Dubai had a strong presence at the world’s biggest travel and tourism trade show in London for the 18th successive year with about 100 co-participants representing hotels, tour operators, golf clubs and other public and private sector organisations.
DTCM director general Khalid A bin Sulayem said the impressive performance of the emirate’s booming tourism hospitality industry speak volumes about the continued success of Dubai as the world’s leading business and leisure destination for people from across the world.
Speaking on the stellar performance of the impressive portfolio of hotels and hotel apartments during January and September 2007 compared with the corresponding period last year, Bin Sulayem said more than 5.1 million guests stayed with Dubai hotels, recording an increase of seven per cent.
Similarly, the number of guest nights crossed the 15 million mark, posting an increase of 17.6 per cent.
The number of operating hotel establishments was 441, an increase of 7.1 per cent. The total revenues of hotel establishments stood at Dh8.7 billion, a solid growth of 20.3 per cent. The number of available hotel rooms increased by 5.4 per cent to 32,244. The average hotel rooms occupied rose by 9.7 per cent, while the average room occupancy was 86.9 per cent, an increase of 4.1 per cent.
The total number of hotel apartment flats available were 10,113, an increase of 16.8 per cent, while the flat occupancy jumped up by 2.4 per cent to touch 83.4 per cent.