The number of hotel guests in Sharjah grew by 3% in 2019 compared to the previous year.
The sector welcomed approximately 1.8 million guests, with a hotel occupancy rate of 66% according to The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). Guests from Russia most frequently stayed in Sharjah hotels, followed by Saudi Arabia, Oman and India.
H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of SCTDA attributed the increase to Sharjah’s tourism launches last year, along with initiatives laid out by the government and new hotel projects. Al Midfa explained: “Lately, Sharjah has witnessed significant progress in the fields of infrastructure and roads and transport, as well as a significant growth in the travel sector. The expansions in the areas of hospitality and tourism, increasingly diverse tourism destinations and the launch of new sustainable environmental projects is remarkable.”Did you like this story?Click here for more
By the end of 2019, the emirate had more than 10,000 hotel rooms, comprising 1,331 rooms in nine five-star hotels; 2,733 rooms in 21 four-star hotels, as well as 31 in one to three-star hotels and 2,485 apartments in 40 hotel apartment facilities.
Al Midfa said: “Last year was exceptionally successful for Sharjah tourism, the recorded turnout from international hotel operators was fantastic. We were able to attract further numbers of visitors with our tourism-related initiatives, programs and plans that were specifically designed to reflect our belief in the ambitious vision of our wise leadership and support efforts in this direction.”
SCTDA highlighted that Sharjah is expected to have a further seven hotel projects unveiled this year. Al Midfa previously told Hotelier Middle East that Sharjah needs more hotel rooms if it is to reach the goal of more than 10 million visitors by 2021; he revealed that Sharjah is working to increase its hotel inventory by 50% by 2021.
Sharjah’s tourism sector accounted for 8.8% or approximately AED9 billion of Sharjah’s GDP last year.