Sharjah hotels have reported a 100% occupancy driven by an influx of family tourists, especially from Saudi Arabia.
These statistics were revealed by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA).
Guest numbers from Saudi Arabia counted at 42,150 guests arriving during the months of January and February alone. In January this year, Sharjah’s hotels received 28,861 Saudi guests, an increase of four per cent over 27,741 in January 2014. February witnessed a higher growth rate of 30% with 13,289 guests against 10,200 during the same period last year.
Family tourists from Saudi Arabia constituted 15% of guests in Sharjah’s hotel establishments in January 2015 compared to 13% in January last year. In February, the share went up from six per cent in 2014 to nine per cent in 2015. Visitors from Arab countries account for nearly one-third of Sharjah’s hospitality guests. According to SCTDA, their numbers witnessed 10% growth in 2014 compared to six per cent the previous year.
Sharjah’s hotels received 2,036,014 guests in 2014, which was an increase of 3.4% over the previous year when the Emirate attracted 1,969,224 guests. Visitors from Arab countries accounted for 28% of total hotel guests and approximately half of the total hotel apartment guests.