Recent statistics reported that hotels in Sharjah received 42,150 guests from Saudi Arabia during the first two months this year.
The figures were released from Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA).
Sharjah’s hospitality sector received 28,861 Saudi guests in January, an increase of four percent over 27,741 during the month last year. February witnessed a higher growth rate of 30% with 13,289 guests against 10,200 compared to the same period last year.
According to SCTDA, family tourists from Saudi Arabia constituted 15% of total guests in Sharjah’s hotel establishments in January 2015 compared to 13% in January last year. In February, the share went up from six percent in 2014 to nine percent in 2015.
Visitors from Arab countries account for nearly one-third of Sharjah’s hospitality guests, and their numbers witnessed 10% growth in 2014 compared to six percent the previous year, SCTDA figures showed.
Sharjah’s hospitality establishments 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.